The Balloon that Helps You Breathe Easy - Balloon Sinuplasty


“Balloon sinuplasty is a non-invasive procedure that can clear blocked sinuses for patients with chronic sinusitis to find a quick solution and enduring relief from conditions such as a blocked nose.” Dr Terry Hung - Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

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According to Dr Terry Hung, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, sinusitis is very common in Hong Kong. Sinusitis is an inflammation in one or more of the sinuses in the face, where air passes and mucus drains. Patients often feel intense pain and pressure, in addition to a blocked nose, nasal drainage, and sometimes toothache. If these symptoms last for over two months, the condition will be considered chronic.

When medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants or nasal steroid sprays fail to alleviate the symptoms, doctors may recommend surgery. “Studies have shown approximately 60% of patients with chronic sinusitis don’t respond well to medications. This is where surgery may help,” said Dr. Hung.

Non-invasive and light beam guided

Conventional sinus surgery, or Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), is sometimes performed through the nostrils to remove inflamed tissues or bones. Although FESS does not result in external scarring, there will still be cutting and scraping. Post-operative swelling and bleeding require a longer.

When performing a balloon sinuplasty, the doctor will use special micro equipment to open up blocked sinuses. “A small, flexible guide wire is inserted into the nostril. This guide wire has a built-in six millimetre balloon that inflates just enough to open up blocked passageways, allowing mucus to drain. The procedure is assisted by a continuous light beam, which allows the doctor to find the blocked area more accurately and efficiently from projected images of the nasal passage,”

Balloon Sinuplasty is a non-invasive procedure which requires no cutting and no removal of bones, explained Dr. Hung. Once the sinus is clear of mucous, the doctor will withdraw the guide wire and the now-deflated balloon, Performed under local or general anaesthesia, the procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on the patient's condition.

Short recovery after surgery

“In some cases, balloon sinuplasty is performed first, to clear the way for the second procedure, usually FESS,” said Dr. Hung. “So I would recommend balloon sinuplasty first as it is non-invasive, safe and effectively improves the patient’s quality of life.” The recovery period is relatively short as there is very little bleeding post-surgery. Most patients can return to work in two days.

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Published by Matilda International Hospital. | Tel: (852) 28491500 | Email: [email protected]



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