Sinus Procedures


More than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. Those who suffered from the pain, pressure, and other symptoms of recurring and persisting sinus infections have only two routes to relief:

(1) Medical therapy (antibiotics, steroids, etc.). This is appropriate for those who have isolated episodes, typically less than twice a year, and who respond fully to the treatment.

(2) Traditional sinus surgery (also called functional endoscopic sinus surgery or FESS). This has been the main approach to recurrent sinusitis for the last 20 years. It has a high rate of success, but does require general anesthesia, has more potential risks, and requires repeated visits to the doctor after the surgery to clear up crusts that accumulate as a result of the surgery.

Now, a newer FDA approved treatment option is available from your Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, which is a simple office procedure called balloon sinus dilation.
Balloon Sinus Dilation--Instant Relief that Lasts

Balloon sinus dilation is a simple in-office procedure for patients suffering from sinusitis. The procedure uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to enlarge sinus passageways. When the balloon is inflated, it widens the walls of the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage without damaging the sinus lining.

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment option that can be performed in-office by Dr. Marc Kayem, a board certified Otolaryngologist who specializes in ENT and sinus problems. The objective of balloon sinus dilation is to reshape anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key places in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways. It is an effective, lasting option for most patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.

For most patients with recurrent or chronic sinus problems, the balloon sinus dilation procedure can be done in the office on their lunch hour, with the same rate of success as the more invasive and riskier endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Marc Kayem can determine if your condition is one that may benefit from balloon sinus dilation and can help you understand the risks and benefits of this treatment option.

Please view our Balloon Sinus Dilation videos for more information on the procedures.

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