Balloon Sinuplasty™

Matagorda Regional Medical Center offers Balloon Sinuplasty to relieve sinus pressure.

What is chronic sinusitis?

It is the inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Discharge of yellow/green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from chronic sinusitis. Sinuses are air-filled pockets that surround the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. Chronic sinusitis sufferers do not experience normal drainage, which is needed to keep the sinus healthy. Cycles of medications can be costly and conventional sinus surgery can be painful.

What is the Balloon Sinuplasty system?

Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. They then inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. The technology is minimally invasive and safe. Tens of thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty system.

How does the Balloon Sinuplasty technology work?

Step 1. Using the Balloon Sinuplasty system, the ENT physician gently places a Sinus Guide Catheter and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Next a Sinus Balloon Catheter is advanced over the Sinus Guidewire.

Step 2. The Sinus Balloon Catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.

Step 3. The Balloon Sinuplasty system is removed, leaving an open sinus passage and restoring normal drainage and function.

Do you suffer from sinus pressure?

Relieve sinus pressure with Balloon Sinuplasty, a breakthrough in sinus treatment technology. This minimally invasive, clinically proven, safe, effective procedure is now available at Matagorda Regional Medical Center. Contact us or consult your Otolaryngologist (ENT physician) today for more information.