Apr 28, 2011 -
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) is offering a new treatment approach for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections, as well as structural issues like sinus opening blockages. If the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur and lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. “The treatment is a no-brainer for anyone living with sinus problems.”
“Historically, sinusitis patients have been limited to either sinus surgery or medical therapy, such as antibiotics, decongestants and steroid nasal sprays,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sawyer, one of ECHN’s otolaryngologists using this device.
Dr. Sawyer said medical therapy can alleviate most symptoms while conventional sinus surgery often requires removal of bone and tissue from within the sinuses. Recovery after conventional surgery takes several weeks and, in some cases, additional surgery may be required.
With the new device, many times, there is no need for the removal of tissue or bone. That means minimal discomfort, almost no bleeding and shortened recovery time. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within two-to-seven days.
ECHN offers two ENT surgeons qualified to use the Balloon Sinuplasty technology. For more information, please contact:
Jeffery Sawyer, MD
Connecticut Ear Nose & Throat Assoc., PC
300 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Michael Franklin, MD
Buckland Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC
360 Tolland Turnpike, Suite 1E
Manchester, CT 06040