Chronic sinusitis can lead to a frustrating cycle of doctor visits, antibiotic therapy, and temporary relief until the cycle occurs all over again. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. This revolutionary treatment for blocked sinuses offers a minimally-invasive option for patients who do not need, or may not want, extensive sinus surgery.
ADVENT Founder and President, Dr. Madan Kandula, was the first surgeon in Wisconsin to perform balloon sinuplasty and has treated more patients with this technology than anyone else in the state. Years after having traditional sinus surgery himself, Dr. Kandula decided to undergo in-office balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction after he began to experience stuffiness while laying down at night. Watch as he narrates his own procedure and shares what you can expect during and after the procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty at ADVENT
Balloon Sinuplasty is an endoscopic, catheter-based procedure for patients suffering from sinusitis. The vast experience of our Physicians enables them to treat even severe cases with balloon sinuplasty, and expand the range of patients that can now benefit from this low-key procedure. In order to properly determine if you are a good candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, you will start at step one of ADVENT's Patient Journey.
An FDA-cleared technology, it uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
We numb the nasal passages with a local anesthetic, then introduce the catheter and balloon to enlarge the affected sinus cavities. You typically feel some pressure when the balloon is inflated, but it lasts just seconds. After the procedure patients can breathe normally through their nose because no packing is needed, though they are instructed to do saline rinses.
Recovery from balloon sinuplasty is quick, and patients can return to their usual activities the next day, as they are comfortable. Patients breathe better, not only because blocked sinuses are now open, but also because balloon sinuplasty proves to be a lasting solution to their chronic sinus problems. With normal sinus function restored, recurrent, chronic infections are a thing of the past.
“Before my procedure, I had a lot of headaches on a regular basis – I was missing work, not able to participate in my kids lives or family social life and those have gone away. It’s been very life-changing as I got my life back and I am able to fully engage and enjoy the things we like to do as a family.”