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The Differences between Balloon Sinuplasty and Traditional Surgery

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Dr. Angelo Consiglio has worked for nearly three decades building an accomplished career as an otolaryngologist through positions at such medical centers as Mount Sinai Hospital and Jackson Hospital. As part of his professional growth, Angelo Consiglio, MD, remains current with emerging medical techniques like balloon sinus dilation.

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The Differences between Balloon Sinuplasty and Traditional Surgery

  1. 1. Angelo Consiglio
  2. 2. Introduction  Dr. Angelo Consiglio has worked for nearly three decades building an accomplished career as an otolaryngologist through positions at such medical centers as Mount Sinai Hospital and Jackson Hospital. As part of his professional growth, Angelo Consiglio, MD, remains current with emerging medical techniques like balloon sinus dilation. For many years, patients seeking help with various nasal conditions only had the option of undergoing traditional surgical procedures to correct existing issues. However, for the last several years, they have had an alternative when it comes to treatment: balloon sinus dilation. Physicians use both procedures to treat the same issues, but there are a number of important differences between them.
  3. 3. Balloon Sinuplasty and Traditional Surgery  Traditional sinus surgery requires the use of incisions to reach obstructions in the sinus passage. There are three separate surgical procedures that patients may receive depending on their individual needs. Maxillary antrostomy treats rear sinus issues, ethmoidectomy caters towards those with problems around the eyes, and turbiniplasty helps patients experiencing abnormal nasal turbinate augmentation. On the other hand, balloon sinus dilation is a type of endoscopic procedure during which the physician inserts a balloon into the patient’s nasal cavity. Without the need for a surgical incision, the surgeon can then expand this balloon so that it safely opens up any obstructed passages. Another major difference between the two methods is the shorter recovery time after balloon sinus dilation. Patients who undergo this procedure may return to work within a few days whereas those who receive traditional sinus surgery may need several weeks to fully recover.

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