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Endoscopic Sinus Irrigation System

Hydrodebrider Endoscopic Sinus Irrigation System

The Hydrodebrider® System is an innovative chronic sinusitis treatment from Medtronic that uses pressurized sinus irrigation to help the sinuses get a fresh start from ongoing sinus infections.

About the Hydrodebrider Endoscopic Sinus Irrigation System

Research indicates that bacterial infections are intimately associated with chronic rhinosinusitis.1-2 The Hydrodebrider® System from Medtronic is an innovative product to help rinse out sinus cavities. Winner of a Medical Device Excellence Award, it's the first and only powered sinus irrigation system for the paranasal sinuses, in the operating room or the office. The Hydrodebrider handpieces deliver a rotating spray of pressurized saline at 5 mL/sec, enabling access to all of the sinuses for direct sinus irrigation and fluid removal.

Why It's Needed

Various factors can contribute to the initial inflammatory event that leads to chronic sinusitis. For many patients, standard medical and surgical treatments are effective. But some patients will continue having bouts of infection, despite repeated antibiotics, steroids, surgeries, and other sinusitis treatments.4-6 Numerous studies implicate bacterial infections as contributing agents to chronic sinusitis. Traditional medical and surgical therapies may not provide effective long-term sinusitis treatment in these cases.1-2 The Hydrodebrider System was created to clean out the paranasal sinuses.

Why It’s Better Than Traditional Nasal Lavage

Our innovative Hydrodebrider System has two main advantages: power and access. Research shows traditional nasal lavage performed by patients does not reach all areas of the sinuses and is less effective at removing bacteria than powered sinus irrigation.3 The Hydrodebrider System's rotating spray enables direct irrigation and suction of all surfaces of the paranasal sinus. In addition, laboratory studies have shown that the spray from the Hydrodebrider System is much more powerful than a traditional saline rinse and better able to dislodge bacteria.3

Standard and Frontal Handpieces

Hydrodebrider™ Handpiece with Rotational Spray and Flex-Tip Suction

Two Handpieces to Fit Your Needs

For more flexibility in chronic sinusitis treatment, you can use our standard handpiece, our new frontal handpiece, or both. Each Hydrodebrider handpiece delivers a rotating spray of pressurized saline at 5 mL/sec.

Standard Handpiece

  • Innovative Flex-Tip that incorporates suction and 220° articulation for direct sinus irrigation and fluid removal
  • Ideal for accessing the maxillary, ethmoid, and sphenoid sinuses
ENT Hydro Frontal Handpiece

New Frontal Handpiece

  • 2.2 mm diameter for accessing the hard-to-reach frontal sinuses
  • May be used with olive-tip suction for fluid removal



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el-Fiky LM, Khamis N, Mostafa Bel D, Adly AM. Staphylococcal infection and toxin production in chronic rhinosinusitisAm J Rhinol Allergy 2009; 23(3):264-7.


Desrosiers M, Myntti M, James G.  Methods for removing bacterial biofilms: in vitro study using clinical chronic rhinosinusitis specimens. Am J Rhinol 2007; 21(5):527-32.


Ho CY, Chan KT. Effects of intranasal steroid spray in bacterial culture of chronic rhinosinusitisAm J Rhinol Allergy 2009; 23(4): 405-408.


Hepworth EJ, et al. Nationwide survey on the use of image-guided functional endoscopic sinus surgeryOtolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006; 135(1): 68-73.