The BergerHenry Balloon Sinuplasty Center
The Regional Leader In Office-Based, Minimally-Invasive Sinus Balloon Procedures
Sinus sufferers, get your life back with our recent advancements that will alleviate sinus pain and headaches. Click to hear more about Balloon Sinuplasty.
Dr. Todd Morehouse, Medical Director
Dr. Morehouse, Balloon Sinuplasty doctor and Medical Director of the BergerHenry ENT Balloon Sinuplasty Center, leads the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region in office-based, minimally-invasive sinus balloon procedures. He has performed Balloon Sinuplasty on hundreds of patients.
Most nasal balloon surgeries involve dilating multiple sinuses in one sitting. Dr. Morehouse has personally ballooned close to 1,500 sinuses since bringing this revolutionary office-based procedure to the Philadelphia region.
In fact, BergerHenry ENT is only one of four ENT groups in the state of Pennsylvania to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Patients don’t require packing, IV or sedation, and can return to normal activity the next day.
Balloon Sinuplasty: An Alternative to Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Millions of people suffer with chronic sinus problems each year. Nasal obstruction or congestion, headaches, facial pressure, thick and discolored drainage, decreased smell or taste, and discomfort or fullness can be crippling to daily life. If you suffer from these symptoms, your physician may refer you to an ENT doctor for further treatment and evaluation. If medications fail, endoscopic sinus surgery may be an option and can be performed in an operating room setting. Many patients ask, though, if there’s an effective and safe alternative to traditional sinus surgery. And the answer is yes.
As an alternative to traditional sinus surgery in the operating room, Balloon Sinuplasty is an office-based procedure that is performed with only local anesthesia. It is a state-of-the-art, proven, and safe procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis, without the need for a trip to the operating room.
BergerHenry Is the Only ENT Group in Eastern Pennsylvania to Use TruDi™ Image Guidance for Balloon Sinuplasty Treatments
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. It is a minimally-invasive procedure performed in the office and is used by ENT doctors to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.
BergerHenry ENT Speciality Group is the ONLY ENT group in eastern Pennsylvania and ONLY one of four ENT groups in the entire state of Pennsylvania to use TruDi™ image guidance technology in an office setting for its Balloon Sinuplasty procedures.
TruDi™ is the first 3D image guidance system in the ENT field that uses proprietary navigation-enabled balloons and instruments to relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. TruDi™ maps a 3D visual of the sinuses enabling ENT surgeons to track, display, and understand the precise location of the instruments tip location and orientation. The result is improved accuracy and reliability during the sinus balloon procedures. Even more, TruDi’s groundbreaking technology allows your ENT doctor to pre-plan and map anatomical boundaries.
“One of my apprehensions was that he would pack my nose and I would be uncomfortable for a week or so. This didn’t come about. He didn’t pack my nose. I was comfortable when I went home and felt like I recovered very quickly.” ~ D. Forde
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Improved Sinus Symptoms: A multi-center study of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95% of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months
- Improved Quality of Life: Significant improvements in quality of life noted at 24 weeks were also maintained after 1 year
- Safe and Effective: More than 510,000 patients have been treated by ENT doctors using Balloon Sinuplasty technology, all indicating it to be safe and effective
- IN-OFFICE: Available to some patients as a minimally invasive sinus balloon procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia
- Decreased bleeding: Because of the lack of tissue removal, there is normally minimal bleeding involved with the sinus balloon procedure
- No Packing: There is no nasal packing after the procedure
- Fast Recovery: Because of the minimally-invasive nature of a Balloon Sinuplasty, patients return to normal activity within 24-48 hours
- Proven: Over 70% of patients who have a sinus balloon procedure say they would have it again
- No Limitation on Future Treatment: If problems persist or progress, endoscopic sinus surgery can be discussed
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries in the heart, Balloon Sinuplasty uses a system of FDA-approved, catheter-based instruments and balloons to open clogged and inflamed sinuses. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which gently widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passages without cutting and with minimal bleeding, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal mucus flow. The balloon is then removed, leaving the sinuses open.
Balloon Sinuplasty, an insurance covered procedure, opens the blocked sinuses yet preserves the natural lining of the sinuses. The procedure is a safe and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis and is less invasive than endoscopic sinus surgery. It has very high levels of success and allows most patients to return to normal activities far more quickly!
The graphic below illustrates how a blocked left frontal (forehead) sinus is opened in a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.
Explanation of Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
A visual explanation of the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. It visually illustrates your sinuses, explains the difference between acute and chronic sinusitis, and depicts, with movement, how Balloon Sinuplasty effectively relieves chronic sinusitis. It’s worth watching!
Review of Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Now that you know what Balloon Sinuplasty is and how this minimally invasive, in-office procedure is performed, watch one of our patients describe “the easiest procedure she’s ever had done in her life” and the results she experienced afterward. She is describing symptoms that most chronic sinusitis suffers have: chronic headaches, fatigue, ear pain, jaw pain, and difficulty sleeping at night. Dr. Todd Morehouse, D.O., medical director of our Balloon Sinuplasty Center, performed the procedure. Read Full Balloon Sinuplasty Video Transcript