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Balloon Sinuplasty - How It Works

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Dr. Frank Brettschneider, head of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat in Michigan, has practiced otolaryngology for a total of 30 years. In that time, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has become adept in the use of balloon sinuplasty to treat sinus infections.

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Balloon Sinuplasty - How It Works

  1. 1. BALLOON SINUPLASTY - HOW IT WORKS Frank Brettschneider
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Dr. Frank Brettschneider, head of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat in Michigan, has practiced otolaryngology for a total of 30 years. In that time, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has become adept in the use of balloon sinuplasty to treat sinus infections. Sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the tissues that line the sinus cavity become inflamed and block the otherwise open passages. The sinuses then trap the air and mucus that ordinarily pass smoothly through, and this blockage manifests as pain and pressure. In some patients, this condition becomes chronic and resists conservative treatment, such as decongestants and steroids. Patients with chronic sinusitis must often undergo surgery, which has traditionally involved the cutting away of tissue that blocks the sinus passageways. Recently, however, the development of balloon sinuplasty has allowed surgeons to open the sinus cavities without the need for cutting.
  3. 3. BALLOON SINUPLASTY  Balloon sinuplasty introduces a catheter into the sinus passage. The catheter includes an un-inflated balloon that the surgeon inflates once it is in place. The surgeon sprays a saline solution that washes infectious material out of the sinus cavity, while the balloon itself helps to open the blocked airway. The structure of the balloon spreads the walls of the passageway where it rests, yet does not require the removal of any tissue. Patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty typically return to normal function after a few days, and most report improvement at least two years after the procedure's completion.

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