Balloon-Assisted Frontal Sinus Surgery
Balloon catheters are new and important tools available for addressing frontal sinus disease. Balloon catheter may be used as a stand-alone procedure to perform frontal ostial dilatation (balloon ostial dilatation) or be used as an additional dissection tool during traditional endoscopic frontal sinus surgery (“hybrid” procedure). The benefit of balloon ostial dilation versus traditional instrumentation is minimizing tissue trauma in the frontal outflow tract. The indications for stand-alone balloon ostial dilatation are not the same as for traditional endoscopic frontal techniques. However, the balloon can cause the same complications as traditional frontal surgery. The indications for this technology should be personalized, based on the disease subtype and patient characteristics. Used thoughtfully and carefully, the technique can offer an alternative way of effectively treating some forms of frontal sinus disease in a more convenient and cost-effective fashion.
KeywordsBalloon ostial dilatation Balloon catheter-assisted dilatation Frontal sinusotomy “Sinuplasty” “Balloon sinuplasty”
We would like to recognize the efforts our research coordinator, Christopher Okpaleke, for his assistance with this manuscript.
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