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Studies Confirm Balloon Sinuplasty(TM) Helps Chronic Sinusitis Patients
Date:4/13/2008

Research Verifies Technology Is Safe, Patient-Friendly, Economical

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Two independent studies published this week in American Journal of Rhinology and Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology confirm Balloon Sinuplasty(TM) technology safely opens narrow sinuses, is economical and highly satisfactory to chronic sinusitis patients. The peer-reviewed studies analyzed outcomes of more than 1,100 individuals treated with this minimally-invasive balloon technology from Acclarent, a leading developer of innovative medical technologies for ear, nose and throat surgeons.

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses afflicting an estimated 37 million Americans annually. Symptoms include facial pain or pressure, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing through the nose, and fatigue. Although antibiotics and topical steroids can help many people, approximately 500,000 U.S. patients undergo surgery each year to alleviate the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

Balloon Sinuplasty(TM) technology is similar in concept to catheters used in the heart for balloon angioplasty. The specially designed devices are threaded into the sinus passageways and gently inflated, widening the passages to promote drainage and resolution of chronic sinusitis symptoms. The technology can be used alone or with standard surgical instrumentation.

Recovery times vary but patients typically return to normal activities within 24 hours of treatment. Since 2005, more than 2,500 sinus surgeons have been trained on this technology and treated more than 25,000 patients.

Studies Confirm Balloon Sinuplasty(TM) Benefits

Patients who underwent sinus surgery using Balloon Sinuplasty(TM) technology were more satisfied, felt better post-operatively and experienced less pain, according to data published in the current issue of American Journal of Rhinology. The 70 patient study also showed the total cost of these procedur
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