New procedure offers relief for chronic sinus sufferers

A clinically proven and minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at JCMG ENT & Sinus Surgery in Jefferson City.

The balloon sinuplasty system 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 United States, afflicting 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.

Historically, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery such as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms in as many as 80 percent of patients, but is inadequate for the rest. For them, sinus surgery is often the best option. However, FESS is a conventional surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways. In lieu of a desired treatment, approximately 900,000 patients each year elect to live with painful sinus conditions.

There is an alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery with the balloon sinuplasty technology. 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 and function.

Dr. Reese Thompson, JCMG ENT & Sinus Surgery, said, “The balloon sinuplasty devices are a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone. That means faster recovery times and less postprocedure discomfort. In fact, many of my patients have been able to return to normal activities within one or two days and have had significant improvement in their symptoms.”

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