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Balloon sinuplasty (BSP) is a less invasive endoscopic sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms. BSP is very effective in opening blocked sinus passageways and restoring normal sinus drainage.

During the procedure, a tiny balloon is placed into the nose to reach the blocked sinuses, and the balloon is then inflated under the view of an endoscope to restructure the sinus opening. Congested sinus cavities are safely drained with a saline solution, cleaning out accumulated pus and mucus. The balloon is then removed and the sinuses remain clear, reducing the recurrence of symptoms and providing patients with long-lasting, much-needed relief.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. The inflammation generally occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the sinuses (often during a cold). When the sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection. Part of the body’s reaction to the infection causes the sinus lining to swell, blocking the channels that drain the sinuses. This causes mucus and pus to fill up the nose and sinus cavities.

What Is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis occurs when the nose and sinus passages become swollen and inflamed, leading to a build-up of mucus as well as blockage of the drainage pathways. This condition often leads to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms.

What Are The Conditions That Cause Sinus Blockage?

The conditions that cause sinus blockage include:

  • The common cold
  •  Allergic Rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose)
  •  Nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose)
  •  A Deviated Septum

What Are Symptoms Of Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis symptoms may include:

  • Congestion
  • Swelling
  • Discolored Discharge
  • Couh
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Facial Pain and Pressure
  • Headaches
  • Diminished Sense of Smell

Chronic symptoms, for some patients, are worsened when infections occur simultaneously with the underlying condition.

When chronic sinusitis symptoms cannot be controlled with medications and other treatments, BSP is recommended as a more permanent treatment option.

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs

Contact North Dallas ENT today at (214) 382-5100 to see if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.


  2. Weiss, Raymond L., et al. “Long-Term Outcome Analysis of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy: Two-Year Follow-Up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 139, no. 3_suppl_1, 2008.

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