In Office Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is an excellent technique to correct sinusitis in the office setting for the appropriate patient. Approved by the FDA in 2005, the procedure has been performed on over 1,000,000 sinuses with extremely low complication rate and long term patient satisfaction. The advantages of this approach are:

Local Anesthesia

In Office Balloon Sinuplasty may be an option for patients who decline or are ineligible for general anesthesia. The sinus drainage areas are easily numbed and the procedure is extremely well tolerated. In fact, the entire procedure generally takes about 45 minutes, with the application of local anesthesia taking the majority of the time.

Fast Recovery

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within one to two days. Since no tissue is being removed, very little discomfort is experienced after the procedure.

Comfortable Surroundings

Experience the procedure in the comfort of Dr. Sterling’s office rather than a hospital operating room. Because it is done in the office, we are better able to work around the patients schedule then if the patient were to go to a hospital.

Potential for Significant Cost Savings

Most every patient would have significant lower out-of-pocket costs if the procedure is performed in a lower cost of care setting, such as a physician office. There is no hospital charge and no anesthesia charge as well.

Eligible Insurance

Most every insurance covers the office procedure including Medicare and Medicaid and their HMO products. Many commercial insurances cover the procedure as well with more being added.


Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to permanenetly open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue. Published clinical data shows that Balloon SInuplasty is safe and effective, and patients received statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.

The following illustrations show how Dr. Sterling uses Balloon Sinuplasty to open a blocked left maxillary sinus:

A diagram of the human sinuses.

Step 1. A soft, flexible guidewire is inserted into the blocked sinus

Step 2. The balloon is advanced over the guidewire and is inflated to gently expand the sinus opening

Step 3. Fluid is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out any pus or mucus.

Step 4. The balloon is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Balloon Sinuplasty technology allows for a minimally invasive approach to addressing chronic sinusitis symptoms that is clinically proven to be safe and effective.

Please answer a few questions on the right TAKE OUR QUIZ section to see if this technology may be the right choice for you. If you appear to be a candidate, we will help you to make an appointment with a physician who is qualified to use the Balloon Sinuplasty system.

Pediatric Sinusitis

As a parent and a physician, Dr. Sterling understands what it is like when your child doesn’t feel good. Everybody in the household suffers. Parents have to take time off to take their child to the doctor. School days are missed and medical costs accumulate. Medication often helps but for those children whose chronic sinus symptoms do not respond to medication or their symptoms come back over and over again, more permanent treatment options can be very effective. Adenoid removal can be helpful but do not directly address the sinuses themselves. Pediatric balloon sinuplasty can address the sinuses without cutting mucosa and removing tissue.

Balloon Sinuplasty safely and effectively widens the maxillary sinus openings, resulting in relief from sinus symptoms. Sinus openings are accessed through the nostril using a narrow camera and Balloon Sinuplasty Technology.

Balloon Sinuplasty doesn’t remove any bone or tissue. There are no incisions, and nothing remains in your child’s nose.

Balloon Sinuplasty studies demonstrated long-term success for 8 out of 10 children when done with an adenoidectomy or after a failed adenoidectomy. Talk to Dr. Sterling about benefits and risks.



The sinuses are a series of inter-connected, hollowed spaces in the skull. Their walls are lined with mucus-secreting membranes. Small hairs sweep the mucus out of the sinuses so it can drain out through your nose. These mucus membranes may become infected or inflamed because of a cold or allergies, and can swell up and block the nasal passages so that fluid from the sinuses can’t drain. Buildup of fluid in the sinuses causes pressure and pain. Doctors call this sinusitis.

Acute sinusitis comes on quickly and then leaves. With chronic sinusitis, people have symptoms virtually all the time, and take many courses of medications such as antibiotics to treat the inflammation. Severe sinusitis may require surgical opening of the passageways with rigid steel instruments placed up through the nostril to remove bone and tissue blocking the drainage.

With the introduction of the innovative Balloon Sinuplasty technology, there is now a minimally invasive way to widen the sinus opening. Using this technology a balloon catheter is delivered to the blocked passageway, and is gently inflated, widening the opening of the passageway and thus allowing drainage and relief from the pain and pressure.

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