Chronic Sinusitis Sufferer Undergoes Breakthrough Sinus Procedure in the Doctor’s Office – A Procedure Traditionally Performed in the Operating Room

Balloon Sinuplasty
CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA offers our patients the benefit of a minimally invasive technology in the comfort of the office. Using only topical/local anesthetic, we can treat your sinus disease by gently dilating the sinus outflow tracts with a balloon catheter. Our surgeons are trained and experienced to perform this procedure in the office. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in Charlotte to perform these Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the office and remains the leader in the area of minimally invasive treatment of allergic and sinus conditions. This option offers a multitude of benefits from ease of recovery to immediate results.

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Here are some of the reasons this might be right for you:

Local Anesthesia we are able to avoid using general anesthesia and all the side effects that may come with it.
Fast Recovery by using the office setting with topical anesthesia, the recovery is almost immediate and there is no need to stop medications.
Patient Satisfaction with a quick recovery and high success rate, we are able to offer our patients the best of both worlds. This procedure allows us to avoid repeated antibiotic use and greatly reduce the need for further sinus surgery.
Cost Savings by avoiding hospital costs and missed work, some patients qualify for significant savings by having this procedure performed in the office setting.

Frequently Asked Questions: Sinusitis & Balloon Sinuplasty

Most patients have symptoms varying from pressure headaches, facial pain and tenderness, nasal congestion, cough, fever and fatigue. Sinusitis is often preceded by an upper respiratory infection or allergy attack which inflames and obstructs the sinus drainage passages. Many factors can predispose someone to sinusitis: anatomy, allergies, sensitivity to pollutants in the air, or immune system factors.
Make an appointment with your Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) specialist. They will perform a detailed history and physical evaluation to assess causes and risk factors. The exam will likely include a nasal endoscopy to view the nasal structures and airway or they may order a CT scan to assess the structural issues. This will greatly assist the physician as they inspect the quality of the sinuses and look for other causes, such as nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates or a deviated septum.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. In select patients it relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. This procedure uses a small balloon to expand the blocked sinus openings, thereby providing relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms, allowing access of topical medications into the sinuses and preventing the build-up of mucus which precedes the sinus infection. It is a quick and effective procedure that requires minimal recovery time. Studies showed improvement in 95% of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty.
Most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life for at least 2 years following the procedure, and our experience is that once the anatomic blockage is resolved, symptomatic relief typically persists indefinitely.
While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after the procedure.
Nationwide, Balloon Sinuplasty has been adopted by thousands of ENT doctors and has been performed safely on over 300,000 patients with excellent long term results. Complications from or after Balloon Sinuplasty are rare.
Yes. Medicare covers endoscopic sinus surgery when any combination of tools, including a balloon catheter, is used to perform the procedure.
Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices. To be certain of your coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific coverage policy.

37 million Americans Afflicted With Sinusitis. Over 400,000 Procedures Already Performed

CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA continues to pave the way with innovative patient care by offering chronic sufferers of nasal congestion and sinus pain a new, in-office balloon dilation procedure which has traditionally only been performed in the operating room. Using just local anesthetic, the doctors at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat have recently performed balloon dilation procedures to treat patients who were dealing with ongoing chronic sinusitis issues. The procedure took as little as 10 minutes and the patients were able to walk out of the office, pain free and resume normal activities immediately!

Traditionally, sinus surgery is performed in the operating room. While the procedure is safe and effective when performed by an experienced sinus surgeon, the challenges and costs associated with going to the hospital, and the anxiety of general anesthesia often keep patients away from seeking treatment.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation and has successfully been performed for years.

Nationwide, Balloon Sinuplasty has been adopted by thousands of ENT doctors and has been performed safely on over 300,000 patients with excellent long term results. The procedure uses a small, flexible balloon catheter placed through the nostrils to help open the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is no cutting, no bleeding and this can all be done in as little as 10 minutes.

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year, or approximately 10% of the population.

Patients suffer headaches, facial pressure, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, fatigue and other symptoms. This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional and emotional quality of life.

Until recently, sinusitis patents 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) performed in the operating room. Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms for 75-80% of patients but is often temporary in its impact, and 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 passageways. In lieu of a definitive treatment, more than 600,000 patients elect to live with miserable sinus conditions.

The international, multi-center study, CLEAR, published in the July 2007 issue of the prestigious journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, confirmed earlier rigorous clinical validation that the Balloon Sinuplasty TM procedures are safe and effective for opening blocked sinus passages.

“Sinusitis can be very difficult to treat. We first try medical therapy antibiotics, irrigation and nasal sprays. If the symptoms persist, some sort of intervention is needed. An in-office balloon dilation can be considered an extension of a conservative medical management approach to avoid taking patients to the operating room.”

William A. McClelland, MD, FACS - Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT)
About the Author
Otolaryngologist (ENT) at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA
Dr. McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as the Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA. His particular clinical interest is minimally invasive sinus surgery.
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