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Sinus Sufferers Can Get Their Life Back – Before Allergy Season Hits

Hospital news | Monday, March 24, 2008

Contact: Peter Frohmader

An exciting new, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Jackson Hospital. 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 U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms that often interfere with daily life.

“I lived a life battling recurrent sinus infections and sinus headaches,” said Sonia Dobbins, who underwent Balloon Sinuplasty surgery last fall. “My condition was constantly interfering with my work and causing me to have to take days off.”

Until recently, 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 for 75-80% 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 and often patients forgo this option.

Now, there is an evolution 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.

“I can finally breathe through my nose!” said Sonia. “In the short time since surgery, I can already tell a difference. My breathing problems stem from allergies, so I’ll have to continue to battle allergies, but now that my airways have been permanently opened up I won’t have the sinus blockages that I was afflicted with on a regular basis. It’s a great feeling!”

Dr. Stephen W. Chandler is one of the first physicians in the Montgomery area to offer this technology. He says, “The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are a true advance in sinus care providing faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. In fact, many of my patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and have had significant improvement in their symptoms.”

Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by attending a free sinuplasty seminar on March 27th at Jackson Hospital.

Mark Your Calendar: FREE Sinuplasty Seminar at Jackson Hospital

WHEN: Thursday, March 27 at 6pm

WHERE: Goode Building 11th floor, Jackson Hospital

WHY: About 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis each year. A cold or allergy usually creates the inflammation and congestion that prevents drainage of the warm, moist, mucus-filled sinus cavity. This creates a perfect breeding ground for viral, bacterial or fungal infections that can lead to sinusitis. Come learn about warning signs and treatment options to put an end to this vicious cycle.

For more information or to register for this event, call 334-293-8805.

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