Following sinus surgery, it is often necessary to remove crusting and scar tissue via an in-office debridement procedure.
Studies show treatment with balloon sinus dilation rarely requires a post-operative debridement, contributing to an improved patient experience:
|Study||Mean # of Post Operative Debridements Per Patient|
|REMODEL FESS Patients||1.20|
|REMODEL Balloon Dilation Patients||0.10|
In REMODEL, 74% of FESS patients required a post-operative debridement, versus just 8% of balloon patients. In this measure, the balloon group demonstrated clear superiority over the functional endoscopic sinus surgery group.
Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial with 1-year follow-up
N. Bikhazi; J. Light; M. Schwartz; T. Truitt; J. Cutler; REMODEL Study Investigators. Am J Rhinol Allergy doi.org/10.2500/ajra.2014.28.4064.
Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial.
Cutler J, Bikhazi N, Light J, Truitt T, Schwartz M. Am J Rhinol Allergy doi.org/10.2500/ajra.2013.27.3970.
In-office stand-alone balloon dilation of maxillary sinus ostia ethmoid infundibula in adults with chronic or recurrent acute rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multi-institutional study with 1-year follow-up.
Levine S, Truitt T, Schwartz M, Atkins J. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 122(11):665-671, 2013.
Office-based balloon sinus dilation: a prospective, multicenter study of 203 patients.
Karanfilov B, Silvers S, Pasha R, Sikan A, Shikani A, Sillers MJ. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012 Nov 7; doi: 10.1002/alr.21112.