Chronic Sinusitis


Balloon Sinuplasty is a new technique in sinus surgery that is now available on the Treasure Coast at Vero ENT Associates. Dr. Livingston, Dr. Baggett and Dr. Jepsen have extensive experience performing Balloon Sinuplasty and have been using this technology for the better part of a decade. Balloon sinus dilatation procedures can be performed both in the Vero Beach office, under local anesthesia, or in the operating room, in conjunction with traditional sinus surgery techniques. Procedures performed under local anesthesia typically afford patients a short, uncomplicated recovery period, with little or no time off from normal activities.

Rather than the use of endoscopic instruments such as microdebriders and forceps, surgeons can now use balloons to dilate the sinus openings called Balloon Sinuplasty. This technique is similar to angioplasty, which is the use of balloons to open blocked blood vessels.

Balloon Sinuplasty can be an effective procedure for patients with chronic sinusitis or those looking for relief from other uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms. This is a less invasive procedure than conventional sinus surgery that allows patients to get back to their daily lives more quickly.

Steps involved with Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty

Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.

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Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.

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Step 3. Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.

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

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When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.


The latest opearative computer localization technologies are employed in conjunction with balloon sinuplasty tools and traditional sinus surgery techniques to improve safety and efficiency of performing sinus surgical procedures in the office and operating room


Traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) techniques and tools are used in the office with local anesthesia to perform limited nasal and sinus procedures using local anesthesia, without the need to undergo general anesthesia.