He said his less-invasive techniques have worked well. The literature is relatively silent on the issue of the necessity of enlarging the ostium of the maxillary, frontal, or sphenoid sinuses, regardless of the technique used, Dr. Setliff said.
Michael Setzen, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at New York University School of Medicine, said that balloon sinus catheterization is a worthwhile option in handling chronic sinusitis-it is minimally invasive, is safe, helps with a quicker recovery, can be used as part of FESS, and is effective.
He said it can be used in cases of frontal, sphenoid, or maxillary rhinosinusitis or a combination of these. It can be particularly useful in a debilitated or elderly patient, or in a patient in an intensive care unit or with a bleeding disorder.