Sinuplasty Becoming More Popular in U.S. for Sinusitis Sufferers
new sinusitis surgical procedure that was successfully trialed at
The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia is now being used in
the United States to help bring an end of blocked noses
for millions of Americans who suffer from sinusitis.
The procedure is known as Balloon Sinuplasty and involves a minimally
invasive technique for opening up blocked sinus passages and reduces
the need for surgeons to remove tissue or bone.
Dr. Anthony P. Sertich II of San Antonio, Texas is one of the
first physicians in Texas to offer the Balloon Sinuplasty treatment.
The Balloon Sinuplasty system uses a small catheter
and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. To date
Dr. Sertich has treated over 40 individuals successfully, and many
more are in line to receive the balloon sinuplasty procedure.
More than 37
million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year, making it
one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S.. Patients
suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. This
condition significantly impacts an individual's physical, functional,
and emotional quality of life.
sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical
therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, and for
more severe situations, a conventional sinus surgery such as
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). However, FESS is
a surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open
up blocked sinus passageways. With the possibility for complications
and the typically long recovery times, patients often opted to
continue their own personal suffering. Now, with the Balloon
Sinuplasty technology, patients have a viable alternative.
A small, flexible
balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked
sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure
and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage
the balloon sinuplasty procedure, Dr. Sertich has been able to
offer this minimally invasive alternative to patients who may
fear extensive surgery that could result in complications and
long recovery periods. Balloon sinuplasty makes it possible to
achieve faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort.
In fact, many of his patients have been able to return to normal
activities within 24 hours and have had significant improvement
in their symptoms.
researcher and Alfred ENT surgeon, Dr Christopher Brown, said
the surgery currently used to unblock sinuses sometimes resulted
in scarring and involved a greater risk of complications compared
to the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.
“Because the brain
is in close proximity to the sinuses, there is potentially
a risk of injury,” said Dr Brown. “The frontal
sinus in particular can be challenging to many ENT surgeons
and so any new developments are always welcomed.”
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