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Health Alert--Balloon Sinuplasty

June 22nd, 2012

Bridgeport, W.Va. – Do you ever wonder if there is anything that can be done to stop chronic sinus infections?  United Hospital Center may have the treatment option that is right for you.  A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation does exist.  The Balloon Sinuplasty system by Acclarent uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.

ENT specialists K. Scott Oxley, PharmD., M.D. and Daniel J. Merenda, M.D., at UHC ENT & Audiology, offer this innovative technology.  "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," said Dr. Merenda.  "That means faster recovery time and less post-procedure discomfort.  In fact, many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours of the surgery."

 

Click on the link below to watch the Health Alert segement with Dr. Merenda concerning Balloon Sinuplasty.
http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=Fox-10&item=HEALTH-ALERT-What-is-Balloon-Sinuplasty-and-How-Does-It-Help-Chronic-Sinus-Infections3653

 

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year.  Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms.  This condition significantly impacts an individuals' 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 Function 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 conventional invasive surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open or correct  blocked sinus passageways. 

In lieu of 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.  A small flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway.  The balloon is then inflated to gently restore and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and functions.

The international, multi-study center, CLEAR, completed a study on the Balloon Sinuplasty technology, which yielded the following results:

·        91.6% functional patency rate at one-year

·        No serious adverse events following the surgery

·        Symptom improvement for 85% of patients across the two-year post surgery period

 Sinusitis patients who are considering this option can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty technology by calling UHC ENT & Audiology office at (681) 342-3570.  The office is located in Bridgeport at the Physician's Office Building off exit 124, I-79, next to the new UHC at 527 Medical Park Drive, Suite 501.

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