Balloon sinuplasty

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Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure designed for selected patients with chronic sinusitis due to blocked openings of their sinus cavities (usually due to swelling caused by allergy, infections, etc.). A balloon is guided into the small opening of the sinus cavity where it is inflated, thereby enlarging the opening, thereby allowing the sinus to drain. It is often performed as an outpatient procedure and, in properly selected patients has long-lasting improvement.