Balloon dilation for chronic sinusitis (CRS) can be safely performed in a clinic, according to a study by Entellus Medical.
The study enrolled 71 patients, where 19 patients underwent balloon dilation for CRS in a clinic setting and the remaining were treated in the operating room, after which all patients were followed for 12 months after the procedure.
Procedure times and procedural success were similar in both the groups, but the total facility time was significantly less in patients treated in the clinic.
Patients in both groups showed clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvement in their sinusitis related symptoms.
All patients treated in the clinic were discharged within two hours of the procedure, compared to 82% of the patients treated in the operating room.
Revision surgery was performed in 3.8% of the patients who were treated in the operating room, but in none of the patients treated in the clinic.
Study author Jeffrey Cutler said these results demonstrate that dilation of the sinus drainage pathways in the clinic is safe and well-tolerated by patients and provides long-term relief of sinus-related symptoms.