Balloon sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and requires no cutting and no removal of bone or tissue in the sinus cavity. Balloon sinuplasty works the following way:
Step 1: Guide wire and balloon catheters are inserted into the inflamed sinus.
Step 2: The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
Step 3: Saline is sprayed into the infected sinus cavity to flush out pus and mucus.
Step 4: The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.
You can also watch a brief video on how balloon sinuplasty works.
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