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Sinuplasty offers new option for chronic sinus suffering

Jackson Hospital has the expertise and technology that will help you breathe easy again. Our variety of treatment options, including Balloon Sinuplasty™, ensures that you will get the relief you deserve. It’s time you get your life back. For more information about this new procedure at Jackson Hospital, call 334-293-8805.

What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining commonly caused by bacterial, viral, and / or microbial infections; as well as, structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening (ostium). If the ostium becomes swollen shut, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?
Common symptoms include:
  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Nasal obstruction or blockage
  • Discharge of discolored mucus from the nose
  • Discolored post-nasal drainage
  • Loss of smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
What types of doctors treat sinusitis?
Many types of doctors treat sinusitis, including general and family practice physicians, pediatricians, and allergists. However, if a patient has chronic sinusitis or does not respond to medical treatment, he or she may be referred to a specialist - an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician, or otolaryngologist.

How is sinusitis treated?
Two approaches have emerged for treating sinusitis patients:
  • Medical therapies
  • Endoscopic surgical interventions
Sinusitis is treated initially with medical therapies. Usually antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays are given to reduce mucosal swelling, fight infection, and relieve obstruction at the sinus opening (ostium). These therapies are often effective in reducing sinusitis symptoms. However, for many other patients, these medications are inadequate and sinus surgery may be the next step in finding relief.

Surgery may be indicated for those patients whose symptoms and ostial obstruction persist despite medical therapy. With the advent of FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery), sinus surgery has evolved from open and invasive procedures to less invasive surgical techniques. Along with this evolution, many endoscopic tools have been developed to further assist and help improve FESS techniques. These tools include an array of devices such as the microdebrider and the sinus balloon catheter.

What is "sinuplasty"?
"Sinuplasty" is the term that is sometimes used to refer to the Relieva Balloon SinuplastyTM devices that your surgeon may chose to use during your FESS procedure.

What is "Balloon SinuplastyTM"?
The words, “Balloon SinuplastyTM,” when used together, describe the use of a sinus balloon catheter to surgically repair the sinus ostia during a FESS procedure.  FESS is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to open up air cells and sinus ostia (openings) in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis.  FESS involves the insertion of an endoscope into the nose for a direct visual examination of the openings into the sinuses.  Using the endoscope and a combination of surgical tools, e.g., curettes, forceps, powered micro-debriders, powered shavers, and / or sinus balloon catheters, surgeons enlarge the patient’s sinus openings to clear passageways in order to restore normal sinus ventilation and drainage.

For more information about Balloon Sinuplasty, visit the Acclarent website.
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