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  • Advanced diagnosis and management of allergies, including allergic rhinitis.
  • Comprehensive evaluation and care for hearing and balance disorders.
  • Expert care for conditions that affect children, including ear infections, tonsillitis and sinusitis.
  • Expert care for allergies and sinus problems, including the latest treatments for chronic sinusitis.
  • Multidisciplinary care that offers latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment options to address sleep disorders.
  • Diagnosis and treatment for voice and swallowing-related conditions, and upper digestive tract and esophageal disorders.
    • Listed in the directory are some common conditions of the ear, nose, and throat in the growing child.

    • Middle-ear infections are the most common cause of earaches in children.

    • The sinuses are cavities, or air-filled pockets, that are near the nasal passage.

    • It is estimated that 45 percent of all adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent habitually snore...

    • The common cold is one of the most common illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year.

    • Seasonal allergies and colds have similar symptoms but some important differences...

    Balloon Sinuplasty™

    What is Balloon Sinuplasty™?

    The painful symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis can be overwhelming. If symptoms are difficult to control with medications alone, your primary care doctor may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, who can determine the best course of treatment, including further medication therapy or surgery to open the sinus passageways.

    Bring this test to your doctor to help determine whether you would be a good candidate for sinus surgery. 

    Now, there is an additional surgical option for treatment of blocked sinuses called Balloon Sinuplasty™. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics, you may be a candidate for surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a less invasive option clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.

    Balloon Sinuplasty™ is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

    The following picture summarizes the steps associated with using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology:



    Balloon Sinuplasty™ Benefits

    The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology for treating chronic sinusitis symptoms include:

    • Safe and Effective:  While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
    • Minimally Invasive:  The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
    • Reduced Bleeding:  Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding associated with the procedure.
    • Improved Recovery Time:  While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
    • Does Not Limit Treatment Options:  This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.

    As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may vary from patient to patient. Schedule an appointment with Northwest Arkansas' only Balloon Sinuplasty™ certified surgeon Dr. Gary Highfill to find out if the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is right for you.

    Sparks Sinus Center of Excellence
    ENT Center - West at 
    Sparks Clinic
    1500 Dodson Ave.
    Fort Smith, AR
    (479) 573-7985
    fax: (479) 573-7987

    Click here to learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty™.

    About Our Center

    Sparks Health System’s multidisciplinary provides comprehensive care for conditions that affect the ear, nose and throat. Our highly skilled ENT doctors (or otolaryngologists) provide care for everything from earaches and sinus conditions, to addressing issues that involve hearing, balance, taste, and speech and language.

    Contact Us
    Sparks Ear, Nose and Throat - West
    1500 Dodson Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 573-7985