Los Alamitos, CA. June 2011 – A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Los Alamitos Medical Center. 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 24 million Americans each year. Patients may suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. This condition may significantly impact 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 many 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.
There is an alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure. 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.
Sinuplasty™ offers patients an alternative to traditional solutions because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone. That can be a real benefit because it can mean faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. “Finding new procedures that help patients overcome sinus problems is exciting,” said Dr. Kim, one of the first physicians in this area to offer this technology.
Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can request information about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by contacting 800-548-5559 or by visiting www.balloonsinuplasty.com.