Balloon Sinuplasty Offered
Otolaryngologists, or ear/nose/throat (ENT) doctors, are trained in the surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. ENTs collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team that may include primary care physicians, oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists, audiologists (hearing specialists), speech therapists and dietitians.
ENT physicians on staff at Ingalls have expertise in:
- Allergy treatment
- Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid
- Throat disorders, including voice and swallowing problems
- Diseases of the ear, including injury, infection, benign tumors and nerve pathway disorders that affect hearing and balance
- Disorders of the nose and sinuses, including sinus disorders, loss of smell, polyps and tumors
Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinus Inflammation
A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is available at Ingalls. 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 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% 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, often resulting in a painful recovery. As a result, 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. The procedure uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly and effectively open and expand blocked sinuses – much like balloon angioplasty does for blocked arteries of the heart – restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is no cutting involved. And more importantly, no uncomfortable packing of the nose.
In most cases, sinuplasty can be done without removing tissue or bone. It works by widening or expanding the bones that comprise the sinus openings. Moving the bones aside remodels the sinus cavity, creating larger openings.
That means less discomfort, a faster recovery and more permanent relief. In fact, many patients experience dramatic improvement immediately and are able to return to normal activities within a day or two. Sinuplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure.
Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by contacting Ingalls Care Connection at 708.915.CARE (2273).
Propel Sinus Stent
Thirty million Americans are afflicted with chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States. With chronic sinusitis, the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed, blocking the natural drainage passageways and leading to chronic infections and nasal obstruction.
In 2013, Ingalls became one of the first hospitals in the region to offer sinus patients the revolutionary Propel sinus implant during sinus surgery. The dissolvable steroid-releasing implant is the first in a new category of products offering localized, controlled delivery of steroid medication directly to the sinus tissue to maintain the openings created in surgery.
When placed in the sinus following surgery, Propel decreases scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids and their potential side effects. The implant borrows technology from cardiology, similar to angioplasty and stenting procedures.
The spring-like PROPEL implant props open the ethmoid sinus to maintain the surgical opening, delivers an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinus lining, and then dissolves, avoiding the need for removal. It is especially beneficial for patients who suffer from nasal and sinus polyps.
The result is improved surgical outcomes, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures and eliminating the need for oral systemic steroids, which can have serious side effects.