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Traditional sinus surgery is intended to open the natural opening or drainage site of the sinus. If there is extensive disease, the diseased sinus lining is removed also. The hope is the new lining that grows in would be normal and functional. Opening the sinus is done with small instruments that remove lining and bone to achieve this. The concept of balloon sinuplasty is to place a small balloon in the natural opening of a sinus and then inflate the balloon to open it further. The concept is to allow air to enter the sinus without disrupting as much tissue. It would not remove diseased tissue in the sinus. It would typically be used in a patient with more limited disease. That being the case, one would want to ensure that their symptoms were due to their sinuses and not some other cause.

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