Balloon dilation is less invasive, according to new study
10/13/2015 by entellusadmin
If you’re debating whether to pursue balloon sinus dilation or traditional sinus surgery, the latest research might help you decide.
Results from a new REMODEL study, published in the July 2015 issue of The Laryngoscope, show that balloon dilation and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) both provide significant relief from chronic or recurrent sinusitis.
However, based on results from the 135 patients who participated in the study, balloon dilation requires less recovery time and a shorter duration of pain medication than FESS. It also causes less postoperative pain and less harm to tissue.
“Our group was able to observe significant, durable benefits of balloon dilation in selected patients with medically refractory chronic rhinosinusitis,” says the lead author, Dr. Rakesh Chandra of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This was seen for nasal-specific symptoms as well as other measures of general well-being and occupational functioning.”
The study represents the first prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial with sufficient statistical power to compare standalone balloon sinus dilation to FESS.
“These findings are remarkable in that standalone balloon sinus dilation can be performed as an in-office procedure, with faster recovery, decreased postprocedural pain, and less requirement for debridement,” note the authors, suggesting that balloon dilation is both an efficient and effective option.