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Novel Technology in Treating Chronic Sinus Infections Available at Baptist
Date:11/25/2009

Thirty-seven million Americans are afflicted with sinusitis. A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is available at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system by Acclarent™ uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.

(Vocus) November 25, 2009 -- A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is available at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. 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.

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 percent 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. In lieu of a desired treatment, more than 600,000 patients elect to live with painful sinus conditions.

Now, there is an evolution in endoscopic sinus surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent™. 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 fun
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