Balloon sinuplasty is the latest in advanced endoscopic sinus techniques to cure sinus disease. The basic principals of the surgery were borrowed from cardiology and balloon angioplasty where small balloons are used to alleviate heart vessel blockage during a heart attack.
Computer guided surgery requires a special CT scan that is loaded into the system prior to the procedure. Specialized instruments are calibrated and utilized during the procedure which allow for highly accurate localization of sinus disease.
The idea of stenting a sinus cavity has been around for a long time. There are descriptions in the literature that date back greater than 100 years of various stents to maintain patency of the various sinus passages.
Since 2008, Ohio Sinus Institute was the first practice in Columbus to offer this safe, convenient and cost effective sinus imaging technology. We were also the first practice to have our scanner accredited by the IACTL.
Empty nose syndrome (ENS) was originally described by Dr. Eugene Kern in the 1990s to describe symptoms suffered by some patients who had received a partial and/or total middle and/or inferior turbinate reductions or resections.
Sialoendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating multiple conditions of the salivary glands. There are 4 major salivary glands (2 on each side) called the submandibular gland (located under the jaw) and the parotid gland (located in the cheek in front of the ear).