Now Live: The Official Balloon Sinuplasty Q&A
The folks at Acclarent who developed the procedure known as balloon sinuplasty have done a good job keeping up with all the press. Over time, they have also enhanced the site with sober, helpful videos and some nice overviews of the process.
In June, the website grew further with the addition of a section called “Ask the Expert.” As you might imagine, this is a forum dedicated to answering questions about balloon sinuplasty and its indications in addition to a variety of other problems, including deviated septum and nasal polyps.
The Q&A is more than just propaganda – I give Acclarent credit for demurring when it sounds like the procedure isn’t right for you:
Q. I am a 50 year old female and have had sinus issues on and off for years. Currently, I have been suffering from headaches that occur when I lean forward or exert effort such as bending or propelling forward in a pool. I have had an MRA, MRI, and CT scan, all of which show sphenoid sinus issues. One doctor referred to it as sinus debris. I have seen an ENT physician, and he has suggested Balloon Sinuplasty. I do not have any problems with breathing. Is this the correct procedure for me?
A. Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive way to open the sinuses with little trauma. It is an excellent way to open the sphenoid sinus. However, there is not evidence that shows intervention will address your headache symptoms. I would urge you to find a skilled nasal and sinus surgeon with expertise in Balloon Sinuplasty to provide an opinion.
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