How a Little Balloon Restores Sinus Drainage


Dr. Glatz first locates the sinus area to be treated.


The device is carefully


Dr. Glatz gently inflates the small balloon and dilates the treatment area to restore drainage.

Find your way to sinus relief.

You’ll Be Glatz You Got a Balloon Sinuplasty

More than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. 

Traditionally, those who suffer from the pain, pressure, and other symptoms of recurring and persistent sinus infections have had four routes to relief, such as:

  1. Addictive Nasal Sprays
  2. Daily Use of Antihistamines
  3. Medical Therapy (antibiotics, steroids, etc)
  4. Expensive Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

But now, qualified patients have a new treatment option – a simple office procedure known as balloon sinuplasty.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a treatment option that can be performed by Dr. Glatz, right here in the office. Balloon sinuplasty technology is used to treat chronic or recurrent sinus infections (sinusitis) affecting the sinuses above your eyebrows as well as under/behind your eyes. Dr. Glatz will need to determine if your condition is one that may benefit from this treatment, and he can help you understand the risks and benefits of this procedure.

The key objective of balloon sinuplasty is to reshape the anatomy of the sinus pathways in order to expand them, giving the sinuses a more efficient way of draining mucus and relieving congestion. It’s an effective, lasting option for patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication. 

The balloon sinuplasty procedure is performed in our very own office and does not require general anesthesia. Other key benefits of this operation include:

    • Safe and Effectiveness: While the usage of any surgical device imposes a low risk, clinical research has indicated the balloon sinuplasty system to be not only safe but also effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis. In fact, it was approved as a safe alternative to traditional sinus surgery by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005.
    • It is minimally invasive: The innovative technology uses small, soft, flexible contraptions that probe completely through the nostrils. These devices gently open the blocked sinus passageways, and, in many cases, do not remove any tissue or bone.
    • Reduced Bleeding: Due to the fact that no tissue or bone is taken out in most instances when utilizing this technology, there may be some reduced bleeding associated with the procedure.
    • Improved Recovery Time: While recovery time varies for every patient, many people can resume their normal activities within the first 24 hours.
    • Does Not Limit Treatment Options: This technology is an endoscopic tool and can be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if your condition progresses.
    • Less Painful or Uncomfortable than Traditional Surgery: Since balloon sinuplasty is less painful, patients tend to be in higher spirits. Follow up treatment is minimal, usually requiring only a follow up walk-in visit.

According to the American Sinus Institute, more than 380,000 patients have safely undergone Balloon Sinuplasty, with over 95% saying they would go through the operation again.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) did a study in 2017 showing how Balloon Sinuplasty successfully treated 94% of chronic sinusitis cases in children, with positive results still in effect one year after the surgery. 

Balloon Sinuplasty: About the Surgery

The NuVent™ EM Sinus Dilation System may be used in a minimally invasive surgical procedure to open blocked sinus pathways. NuVent™ is unique because it has a built-in tracking element that “talks to” our Medtronic image guidance system (IGS) technology. Your sinus anatomy is unique, especially if you have sinus disease. The IGS displays a
visual map of your sinus anatomy for your doctor. It works like GPS in a car or phone—to help guide and place the balloon device.

The goal of this procedure is to unblock sinus pathways and1,2:

  • Improve symptoms
  • Reduce infections
  • Minimize sinus headaches
  • Help you get back to life’s routine

Before Your Treatment

  • CT Scan: You’ll need to have a CT scan of your sinuses prior to your procedure. The IGS technology implemented in our office will use this scan to create a visual map of your sinus anatomy.
  • Anesthesia: NuVent™ may be used in the office or the OR. Your provider will discuss your anesthesia options, which will depend on the extent of disease and other factors.
  • Image Guidance System (IGS): A small tracking device and a special instrument will be used to register and map your anatomy to your CT scans in the IGS.

During Your Treatment

After the procedure, your doctor may prescribe additional medications and irrigations to use to ease pain and swelling. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor.


To determine if you are a candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty, reach out to the Glatz Group today.

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