What to Expect with NuVent®?

What to Expect with NuVent®

Before your procedure

CT Scan

You'll need to have a CT scan of your sinuses to confirm your diagnosis and help your doctor decide if surgery is right for you. The NuVent® EM Sinus Dilation System is designed, tested, and integrated to work with the Fusion® ENT Navigation System. Together, they use your CT scan to create a "visual map" of your sinus anatomy.


Your doctor will discuss anesthesia options with you. The option selected depends on the severity of your sinusitis and other factors.

Image Guidance System (IGS)

During your surgery, your doctor will use a built-in tracking element that "talks to" the Fusion® ENT Navigation System to track the balloon through your sinuses.

During your procedure

Inserting NuVent®

Your surgeon will insert the NuVent® balloon into the blocked sinus pathway, using the IGS to see and confirm precise placement.

Inflating NuVent®

After your surgeon makes sure the placement is right, the NuVent® balloon is inflated.

Deflating NuVent®

After inflation, the balloon is deflated. The process of inflating and deflating is repeated as necessary to open blocked passages and restore normal sinus function.

After your procedure

After the procedure, your doctor may prescribe additional medications and irrigations to use to ease pain and swelling. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What treatment options may improve my sinusitis symptoms?

There are a variety of treatment options, including saline rinses, over-the-counter and prescription medications, non-invasive surgery, and more involved surgery.1-3 See more here.

How can I better assess my sinusitis symptoms?

You can take the Sinusitis Self-Assessment here. After you're finished, take the results to your doctor to discuss treatment options.

What's unique about the NuVent® EM Sinus Dilation System?

NuVent® is the only system designed, tested, and integrated to work with the Fusion® ENT Navigation System. This helps your doctor precisely place the balloon in your blocked sinuses. Learn more here.

Will this type of minimally invasive surgery performed in the doctor's office hurt?

Most people find it tolerable and experience little to mild pain.4 During the procedure, you may feel pressure associated with no pain or some brief pain.5

Can NuVent® surgery be done in a doctor's office?


How long does balloon sinus surgery typically take to perform?

The duration of the procedure is usually short, as is the in-office recovery time.5 Talk with your doctor's office for more details as they may need more time for pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery recovery.

How quickly will I recover from surgery?

Balloon Sinus Surgery has be shown to have a faster recovery time (averaging 1.7 days) compared with other types of sinus surgery.2

Where can I find a NuVent® doctor?

Use the Find a Doctor search tool to locate a specialist who uses NuVent® in your area.

Is NuVent® surgery covered by insurance?

NuVent® may be covered by your insurance. Use the Insurance Coverage lookup tool to see.

Safety Information

Balloon sinus surgery has associated risks, including tissue trauma, bleeding, infection, and possible ophthalmic injury. Patients should always discuss their individual needs and the potential risks and benefits of any treatment or procedure with their doctor.

This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your doctor. A prescription is required. For additional information, please contact Medtronic at 800-874-5797 or visit Medtronic's website at www.medtronic.com


  1. Rosenfeld RM, Andes D, Bhattacharyva N, et al. Clinical practice guidelines: Adult sinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;137:S1-S31.
  2. Chandra RK, Kern RC, Cutler JL, et al. REMODEL larger cohort with long-term outcomes and meta-analysis of standalone balloon dilation studies. Laryngoscope. 2016;126(1):44-50.
  3. American Rhinologic Society. Sinusitis Q&A. http://care.american-rhinologic.org/sinusitis_q_a? Accessed October 16, 2015.
  4. Sikand A. Introduction to an office-based sinus surgery technique. Operative Techniques Otolaryngol. 2011;22:249-252.
  5. Silvers SL. Practical techniques in office-based balloon sinus dilation. Operative Techniques Otolaryngol. 2014;25:206-212.