Innovative Office Procedure for Chronic Sinusitis Now Available at Central Carolina ENT

By Richard Alexander, MD, PhD, MBA

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting an estimated 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer from facial pain and pressure, congestion, nasal discharge, and fatigue, among other symptoms. Sinusitis has a significant effect on these patients’ physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.

Historically, chronic sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: continued medical therapy, including antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery such as Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS). This all changed approximately 8 years ago with the introduction of an innovative technology called Balloon Sinuplasty. The Balloon Sinuplasty devices, utilize a small, flexible balloon catheter that is placed through the nose into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is advanced over a wire and then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

Since the beginning of 2011 Balloon Sinuplasty has been offered as an in-office procedure without the need for general anesthesia. This innovative office procedure typically allows patients to return to normal activity within 48 hours. The Balloon Sinuplasty devices are safe and effective.

Central Carolina ENT now offers Balloon Sinuplasty in their clinic as a possible alternative to sinus surgery in the operating room, which may include cutting and removal of bone and tissue, general anesthesia, and an extended recovery period. Our patients have recovered very well and have been very pleased with their results. The following is a testimonial from a recent patient of mine, Jan Cashion Tart:

Sinusitis Sufferer finds relief“After two years of continuous sinus infections I was finally referred to Dr. Alexander. After a thorough examination which included a CT scan of my sinuses, Dr. Alexander recommended balloon sinus dilation. I couldn’t describe my excitement over having this procedure. Two years of constantly not being able to hear well, people asking me if I had a cold, and just feeling plain yucky had become unbearable.

After two month post-op, I feel great. I cannot express how wonderful it is to finally be able to hear correctly and for my head to feel clear. My voice sounds different to people and to myself. For two years I sounded like I had a cold. …I can irrigate my sinuses and actually feel the solution reach and flush out my sinus cavities

I did not have to go to work the next day but by noon the next day I was out running errands. My only regret is that I did not do this sooner.”

If you suffer from sinusitis and have either had a sinus infection for more than 12 weeks or if you experience 3 or more sinus infections each year, please contact Central Carolina ENT office at (877) 718-3277 to schedule an appointment.

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