Brandon, FL – Brandon Regional Hospital announces that it now offers a clinically proven, minimally invasive procedure used by ENTs to safely and effectively treat patients with chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a relatively new procedure that provides relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms. It has been proved to be effective for both children and adults.

Until recently sinusitis patients had limited treatment options. Typical treatment for chronic sinusitis begins with medication, but it is not effective for up to 60% of sinus sufferers. When medical therapy fails, surgery is often recommended, but can involve painful cutting and removal of bone and tissue.

Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open inflamed sinuses. The balloon catheter is placed into the nose to reach the inflamed sinuses, and is gradually inflated to restructure the previously blocked sinus passage. This can significantly relieve sinusitis symptoms and improve quality of life.

“My patients have found rapid improvement in their symptoms with a faster and most often immediate recovery,” explains Scott Powell, MD, a Brandon ENT. “Due to the limited tissue trauma from the balloon and rapid recovery, I am able to intervene much earlier in the disease process and thus avoid repeated antibiotics and their side effects.” Dr. Scott Powell, in addition to private practice in Brandon, is a clinical faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He specializes in sinus and nasal disorders, rhinologic allergies as well as pediatric ENT.

Some of the advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty are: 

  • Safe and effective – While the use of surgical instruments involves some risk, clinical research has indicated that Balloon Sinuplasty to be safe and effective when used by surgeons to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis.
  • Minimally invasiveBalloon Sinuplalsty uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices open blocked sinus openings, in many cases without tissue removal.
  • Minimal bleeding – Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using Balloon Sinuplasty, there is typically minimal bleeding associated with the procedure.
  • Fast recovery time – While recovery time may vary, patients typically return quickly to normal activities.

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