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Sinus Relief with Balloons

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.


Hundreds of thousands of patients have been treated safely with Balloon Sinu-plasty since 2005.


The procedure is endorsed by the AAOHNS as an appropriate treatment option. Over 95% of patients who’ve had the procedure say they would do it again.


While recovery time varies with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities, often the next day.


The procedure can be done during an office visit or in the surgical center, and often in less than an hour.
With Balloon Sinuplasty, we open inflamed sinuses in the same way that a heart surgeon opens up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty.

The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

Balloon Sinu-plasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not involve the destructive removal of bone or tissue from the nose. Scott N. Bateman, MD

How Balloon Sinu-plasty Works:

Step 1

A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.

Step 2

The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.

Step 3

Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.

Step 4

The system is removed, leaving the sinus clear and open.

Balloon Sinuplasty:

The procedure video

Clinical data shows that Balloon Sinuplasty provides symptom relief:
95% of patients demonstrated that sinus symptoms improved in an average follow-up period of 9 months in a multi-center study of 1,036 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty.
Another multi-center study followed 65 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to two years.
95% percent of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty would recommend the procedure to their family and friends.

A Patient’s Story

Raymond Murphy           Balloon Sinu-plasty Patient

My name is Raymond Murphy, and I came to Dr. Bateman because I was having a hard time breathing, using my Bi-PAP machine at night to sleep. I would fight it every single night.

The nose would swell up every night and Dr. Bateman tried me on some different allergy medicines, I started getting allergy shots every week, and it would work for a little bit, but even still every single night I fought the machine until I could finally fall asleep, but then my nights were not very good.

So I went ahead with the balloon sinuplasty. … I was able to breathe the very first day. And it wasn’t even like what it was before; it was better. And I would highly recommend it, because I’m two weeks out, and I have no more pain, no more headaches, and I breathe better than I’ve ever breathed in my life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Bateman trained to do balloon sinuplasty?
Dr. Bateman has been performing sinus surgery since the early 1990’s, and began performing Balloon Sinu-plasty in 2006, when the technology was first made available. He traveled to Canada to receive specialized training in the new technique, and was the first surgeon in Wyoming certified to perform Balloon Sinu-plasty.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than 12 weeks. When sinus symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, you should see an ENT doctor for a diagnosis.
What is the difference between sinusitis, allergies and a cold?
Sinusitis is often preceded by a cold or allergy attack. Colds and allergies can lead to inflamed sinuses, causing the sinus openings to become blocked. This prevents normal mucus drainage and can result in sinusitis.
Is Balloon Sinu-plasty approved for use in the US?
Balloon Sinuplasty received FDA clearance in 2005 and became widely available for use in the United States in 2006. Over 150,000 patients have had the procedure.
Does Balloon Sinu-plasty work?
Clinical research confirms that Balloon Sinuplasty provides long-term relief from sinus symptoms by effectively opening blocked sinus passageways.
Are the results permanent?
How long your sinuses stay open depends on the extent of your sinus disease or other factors. It is unlikely that you would require repeat procedures, but the procedure may be repeated if your surgeon deems it necessary.
What are the advantages of Balloon-Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?
Balloon Sinu-plasty is less invasive than traditional surgery with minimal bleeding and low post-op pain. Most people can get back to normal activities and work quickly.
How long does symptom relief last?
Results vary by individual. A clinical study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95% of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months. In another study, patients reported symptom improvement up to two years after having the procedure.
Is Balloon Sinu-plasty safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that Balloon Sinu-plasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves quality of life.
What is the balloon made of?
The balloon is made from a type of strong medical-grade plastic that does not contain latex.
What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinu-plasty?
Because Balloon Sinu-plasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery there is a low complication rate. But there are some associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits and to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.
How long does the procedure take?
Since the duration of the procedure varies, ask your healthcare provider for the most accurate answer. However, in a study of more than 1,000 patients, the average procedure time in the operating room was 73 minutes. None of the patients required an overnight stay at the hospital. In many cases the procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office.
Does Balloon Sinu-plasty require general anesthesia?
Many patients undergo general anesthesia, but an increasing number of ENT specialists, like Dr. Bateman, can now perform the procedure in the office, under local anesthesia.
What is the recovery time after Balloon Sinuplasty?
Typically patients go home the same day that they have the procedure. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can quickly return to normal activities, often the next day.
Does Balloon Sinu-plasty limit my future treatment options?
No. Surgeons may use Balloon Sinu-plasty with other medical therapies, and it does not limit future treatment options for patients.
Is the procedure right for me?
It is important to talk to your ENT doctor about all of your sinus treatment options and ask what type of sinus therapy is best for you. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, and sinus medications have not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinu-plasty.
Can the procedure be performed on children?
Balloon Sinu-plasty is a safe and effective option to relieve chronic sinusitis symptoms in children’s maxillary sinuses.
Do insurance companies cover the cost of Balloon Sinu-plasty?
Yes, Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shiel of Wyoming and other major carriers cover the procedure. To be certain of your sinus surgery insurance coverage, we will help you contact your insurance provider to find out about your specific policy.

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