Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 250–254 | Cite as

Balloon Dilation Technology: Let the Truth Be Told



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.


Balloon dilation technology Sinusitis Endoscopic sinus surgery Outcomes data Indications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Elizabeth’s Medical CenterBrightonUSA
  2. 2.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  3. 3.Steward Health CareBostonUSA

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