Balloon Dilation Technology: Let the Truth Be Told
- Peter J. Catalano
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Balloon dilation technology (BDT), also known as balloon sinuplasty, has been in clinical use since September, 2005. Prior to BDT, surgeons performed a procedure called FESS, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery, for patients with chronic sinusitis. As is true with any new technology or procedure in medicine, a debate often ensues between early adopters and mainstream practitioners. Over the past 7 years, much has been discussed, debated, and learned about BDT. What follows is a review of the origins of the BDT: the theory, technology, indications and applications; and a review of the pertinent outcomes literature. Independent of how one feels about BDT, the evidence strongly supports its safety, efficacy, and growing popularity among patients and physicians alike.
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Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Volume 13, Issue 2 , pp 250-254
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- 1. St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 736 Cambridge Street, SMC 8th Floor, Brighton, MA, 02135, USA
- 2. Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
- 3. Steward Health Care, Boston, MA, USA