Balloon sinus surgery (BSS) may be used during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) or as an alternative. During BSS, the physician uses a small balloon to expand the sinus opening and clear blocked passageways. The procedure is minimally invasive, requires no cutting or removal of bones or tissue, and is often performed in the doctor's office.
During the balloon sinuplasty procedure, your doctor will use a special tool to insert a small balloon into your nose. Once secured in the right spot, your doctor will inflate it to open and drain your blocked sinus pathways. When the passageway is open, the balloon is deflated and removed. Balloon sinus surgery has been shown to improve1,2:
NuVent™ has been designed, tested, and integrated to work with image guidance (IGS) technology called the StealthStation FlexENT™ navigation system. This displays a visual map of your sinus anatomy for your doctor. It works like GPS in a car or phone — to help guide and place the balloon device.
During the minimally invasive surgery, this navigation technology helps your doctor precisely steer the balloon to the place where your sinuses are blocked. Then your doctor inflates the balloon at the precise location to reshape the tissue and bone to clear the sinus pathway.
The goal of this procedure is to unblock sinus pathways and1,2:
The image-guidance StealthStation FlexENT™ navigation system helps your doctor find blocked sinus pathways.
When performed in the doctor's office, this procedure3,4:
*Out-of-pocket expenses are typically lower for in-office procedures. Office-based and operating room procedures are reimbursed by many insurance companies. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage.
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