Die Ballon-Sinuplastik™ -
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ innovation for sinus surgery
A new procedure for paranasal sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty™, creates ventilation and pressure relief in the sinuses again with a small balloon in the case of chronic sinusitis - well over 60,000 new patients are affected every year; often without hospitalisation and further inconvenience and risks for the patient, as with the previous surgical procedure with nasal forceps and extensive removal of bone and mucous membrane.
Navigation technology instead of X-rays:
Minimally invasive technique now even gentler
The principle of Balloon Sinuplasty™ is to widen the narrow accesses to the maxillary, frontal or sphenoid sinuses by expanding them with a balloon catheter. With the help of a modern navigation system, a thin balloon catheter is placed in the correct position. The navigation device shows the right way into the frontal or maxillary sinus. The new system allows the correct positioning of the balloon to be checked through the tissue or bone without the need for intraoperative X-rays. So far, more than 40,000 patients have been treated with this technique in the USA, and no complications are known.
By filling the balloon with a high-pressure syringe to a diameter of approx. 5 - 7 mm, the narrowed drainage path is then widened in a way that is gentle on the tissue. This opens the constriction, secretion can flow out unhindered and provides immediate pressure relief. In contrast to the surgical procedure with nasal forceps, mucous membrane or bone are not removed. There are usually no scars, bleeding or pain. The unpleasant nasal tamponade can be dispensed with, and further complications such as loss of the sense of smell or new constrictions due to scarring are not known to date. As a rule, the patient is able to work without any restrictions as early as the day after the procedure.
With this new procedure for paranasal sinus surgery, patients with chronic sinusitis should in future be provided with a permanent cure quickly, on an outpatient or inpatient basis and almost without bloodshed, largely painless and risk-free.