Balloon Sinuplasty


Millions of Americans suffer from sinusitis--an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses.   This swellling can prevent your sinuses from draining.  Mucus and fluid bluidup inside the sinuses can lead to sinus infections and more inflammation and pain.

       Sinusitis symptoms include:

  • Facial congestion/fullness
  • Nasal blockage
  • Nasal discharge
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain
  • Bad breath

For many years, patients suffering from recurring or persisting sinusitis were left with two choices:

  • Manage their symptoms with ongoing rounds of medical therapy.  Some patients were dissatisfied with the frequent rounds of antibiotics, steroids and decongestants, or have difficulty tolerating the side effects of medical therapy.
  • Undergo endoscopic sinus surgery to expand the sinus drainage pathways by having tissue and bone removed with small cutting instruments.  Recovery can often take 7 to 10 days.1,2

Balloon sinus dilation offers an effective alternative for appropriate sinusitis patients who are tired of ongoing medical therapy and cannot or do not want to undergo surgery, but want lasting relief with a quick recovery.        


Gently opens blocked sinuses

Balloon sinus dilation uses a small balloon to gently open and reshape your sinus drainage pathways to restore normal sinus drainage.

Instant relief that lasts

Balloon sinus dilation keeps sinus passages open, offering long-term relief from the problems associated with sinusitis.2,3  Multiple studies show patients experienced less facial pain, improved sleep, less use of antibiotics, fewer visits to their doctor, and were more able to perform day-to-day activities at home and work.2,3,4

Covenient, comfortable office procedure

Balloon sinus dilations can be performed at Natchitoches Medical Specialists.  A typical procedure lasts less than 45 minutes.

Quick recovery and cost effective

Many patients resume normal activities the same day.3  Depending on your insurance coverage, the in-office procedure may reduce the procedure costs you pay.  Ask Dr. Lauren about balloon sinus options from Entellus Medical.  To see other patients share their full balloon sinus dilation success stories:


         Blocked Sinus Pathway                   Balloon Inflated                         Drainage Restored



A recently released, randomized controlled trial comparing balloon sinus dilation and traditional sinus surgery found that after 6 months both balloon and traditional surgery patients experienced significant symptom improvement.  But the path to recovery was very different...

                                 BALOON FESS

Symptom Improvement After Six Months

67% 63%
Symptom Improvement After One Week 59% 38%
Days Prescription Pain Medication Needed <1 2.8
Days Return to Normal Activity 1.6 4.8
Require Follow-Up Debridements*         8% 74%  

    *removal of scar tissue, scabs, or crusting to aid healing


Get Better.  Faster.

1Kemppainen TP, Tuomilehto H, Kokki H et al.  Pain treatment and recovery after endoscopic sinus surgery.  Laryngoscope.  2007 Aug:  117(*): 1434-8.

2Stankiewicz J, Truitt T, Atkins J et al. Two-year results:  transantral balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum.  Int Forum Allergy Rhinol.  2012 May;2(3): 199-206.

3Stankiewicz J, Tami T, Truitt T et al.  Transantral, endoscopicaly guided balloon dilatation of the ostiometal complex for chronic rhinosinusitis under local anesthesia.  Am J of Rhinology.  2009 May-June; 321-327.

4Stankiewicz, J, Tami T, Truitt T et al.  Impact of chronic rhinosinusitis on work productivity through one-year follow-up after balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum.  International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 2011 1: 38-45.

5Cutler J, Bikhzi N, Light J et al.  Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus sugery for chronic rhinosinusitis:  A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial.  Am J Rhinol Allergy