Proven Option in Sinus Surgery

BRANDON - - (October 28, 2010) - - A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology used by surgeons who treat chronic sinusitis is now available at Brandon Regional Hospital.  The Balloon Sinuplasty™ System by Acclarent™ uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.  

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting an average of 37 million Americans each year.  Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms.  This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication.  However, at least 20% of patients do not respond adequately to medications.

Sinus surgery is often the next step towards finding relief.  “Surgical options vary when it comes to the treatment of chronic sinusitis,” explains Scott Powell, MD, ENT Surgeon at Tampa Bay E.N.T.  “The traditional way of reopening the sinus passage was through a procedure known as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, in which bone and tissue removal were required to open up blocked sinus passageways.  Now, we can offer many patients a less invasive endoscopic procedure such as Balloon Sinuplasty™.”

During a typical balloon assisted sinus surgery, a minimally invasive sinus balloon catheter is used to position a balloon into the blocked sinus passageway.  The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure/microfracture and reopen the sinus passageway, facilitating normal sinus drainage and function.   “The Balloon Sinuplasty™ device is a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone,” explains Powell.  “This usually means quicker recovery times and much less post-procedure discomfort.”

Not all patients are candidates for the sinus balloon catheter procedure so it is important for those individuals interested in this procedure to speak with an Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeon.