Dr. Pasha has a special focus on Balloon Sinuplasty™ for the management of recurrent sinus problems. He participated in and published the initial research to refine Balloon Sinuplasty™ in the office and has become one of the most experienced in this technique. He lectures his peers across the country and often has visiting colleagues observe him perform this procedure.
For select patients, Dr. Pasha may consider using Balloon Sinuplasty™ as an option to open blocked sinuses. This FDA approved technique has been found to be less invasive with a quicker recovery time than traditional sinus surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty™ uses endoscopes (microscopic scopes placed into the nose) and a catheter-based system to access the sinuses. Dr. Pasha performs Balloon Sinuplasty™ in the operating room while you are under general anesthesia (you are completely asleep). Under the guidance of microscopic endoscopes placed through the nose, a wire and catheter-based system accesses the holes (openings) of your sinuses. Once identified, tiny balloons are gradually inflated to open the blocked sinuses similar to how angioplasty is used to open vessels in the heart. This opening allows for normal function and drainage of the sinuses. Dr. Pasha may suggest Balloon Sinuplasty™ for those who have recurrent sinus infections. If your sinuses are severely inflamed or if you have polyps, you may not be qualified for a minimally invasive technique.
NOTE: Dr. Pasha also performs Balloon Sinuplasty™ for select patient in the office… click here for more information on Balloon Sinuplasty™ in the office.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ | FAQ’sWhat are the advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty™ over traditional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Better Safety Profile: Although all surgical options have risk, clinical research has indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ method to be safe in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
Minimally Invasive: Traditional surgical approaches for sinusitis required more extensive bone removal. Balloon Sinuplasty™ uses small, soft, flexible devices that are less traumatic to nasal and sinus tissue.
Reduced Bleeding: With less bone and tissue removal there is less bleeding associated with the procedure.
Quicker Recovery Time: Although recovery time varies with each patient, Balloon Sinuplasty™ tends to recover quicker than traditional approaches.
Absolutely, for select patients Dr. Pasha may also offer in-office Balloon Sinuplasty.
There have been many studies regarding the effectiveness of Balloon Sinuplasty™. One study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions reported that sinus symptoms improved in 96% of patients at an average follow-up period of 10 months. Another study followed 65 patients at multiple institutions and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to 2 years.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ opens the sinus by placing a balloon into the ostia or sinus opening. This pushes the bone that lines the opening which later reforms into a more favorable wider opening.
Although any operation has its risks, Balloon Sinuplasty™ carries fewer risks than traditional approaches since it is less invasive. Dr. Pasha and his staff will discuss potential risks during your office visit.
Dr. Pasha has vast experience with sinus and nasal operation (having performed well over 2,500 cases). Although length of surgery varies depending on the complexity of the case, Dr. Pasha typically takes one hour to perform sinus surgery.
Recovery depends on the type of procedure performed. If you undergo only Balloon Sinuplasty™ without any turbinate or septal work, you may be able to return to work within 24 hours.