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Balloon sinuplasty, a new development in sinus surgery, brings relief to patients with sinus issues.

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face that keep mucus and air moving through their openings. Sinusitis occurs when the sinus openings close, causing mucus to become stagnant. It may cause splitting headaches, draining, inflammation and swelling, difficulty breathing, and missed workdays.
Sinusitis affects more than 37 million people, and 7 million experience chronic sinusitis. This health problem is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma and may affect quality of life.

“Initially, most sinus problems are treated with medication,” says David Huchton, MD, Shannon Clinic otolaryngologist. “However, medications prove to be ineffective for 20 percent of people suffering from sinus issues. Luckily, sinus surgery is an option when medications and other treatments are ineffective.”

Balloon sinuplasty is the newest development in sinus surgery, a field that has evolved greatly over the last 50 years. Dr. Huchton and Clint Lasiter, MD, have been performing the surgery for the past three years via the operating room and have seen incredible results and responses from their patients.

Now, Dr. Huchton and Dr. Lasiter offer the procedure in the comfort of the office setting. Shannon is the first provider in San Angelo to offer the balloon sinuplasty procedure in the office.

“The more data we see about this procedure, the more effective we find it is, especially for those patients who decide to do it in the earlier stages of their sinus issues,” Dr. Huchton says. “The technology is now available to do something tolerable and very effective in the office setting.”

The advantages of the office procedure compared to traditional sinus operations are paramount. No anesthesia is required, pain and bleeding are very minimal, and no packing is required afterward. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine the following day.

“For patients with sinus blockage, this is a one-time fix,” says Dr. Huchton.

Consult your physician to find out which treatment option is best for you. For more information on the balloon sinuplasty procedure, call the Shannon Clinic otolaryngology department at 325-481-2283.
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