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Innovative sinuplasty technique offers relief to sinus sufferers in the OC

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Chronic sinus infections that are left untreated can result in severe headaches, sinus damage and, in extreme cases, cause problems in the eye area and the brain.

By utilizing groundbreaking technology, Dr. Kevin Sadati, an ENT surgeon specializing in minimally invasive nose and sinus surgery who practices in Newport Beach, California, is providing new hope for sinusitis patients. This procedure is designed for individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis with poor response to medical treatment and who wish to have an office procedure without undergoing major surgery.

"For patients suffering from chronic sinusitis balloon assisted sinuplasty is an exciting dilation system that helps relieve symptoms without the need for invasive surgery," said Dr. Sadati. "It does not require a hospital stay or general anesthesia, and patients can return to normal activity the next day with minimal discomfort."

Dr. Sadati says that balloon dilation sinuplasty has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for his patients with sinusitis symptoms that are difficult to control with medication alone. This state-of-the-art technology can help improve quality of life almost immediately as it clears and drains the sinus allowing the patient better breathing. During this minimally-invasive procedure, a flexible balloon catheter is inserted through the nose and into the blocked sinus. The balloon is then gently inflated in the blocked sinus passageway to open it up, gently widening the nasal passways and resulting in restored drainage and other normal functions of the sinus area. Opening up the sinuses in this way allows infection to clear without invasive surgery or a hospital stay.

"My patients diagnosed with sinusitis often complain of headaches, drainage, bad breath, fatigue and even dental pain. When these symptoms last eight weeks or longer it becomes chronic sinusitis which can seriously infringe on daily activities and can become quite serious," explained Dr. Sadati.

Millions of people suffer sinus conditions and yearn for a treatment. What may start as a slightly itchy or runny nose, can quickly lead to a blocked nose, inflamed sinus passways, massive headaches and a head that feels like it has been filled with sand. Under normal conditions, the sinuses produce mucus and drain it through small openings in the nasal passages, but if a person is suffering with rhinosinusitis, as the disorder is medically known, swelling in both the nose and sinuses blocks that drainage, often resulting in a stuffed-up nose and an outpouring of green or yellow mucus. Pain or pressure builds up around the eyes or in the face, sometimes accompanied by severe headaches and even toothaches.

"Balloon sinuplasty was inspired by the concept of angioplasty where a balloon is used to open and clear blocked arteries," said Dr. Sadati. "We are holding to the same principles but instead are clearing sinus passways to restore normal and better function."

This new and exciting procedure offers a minimally-invasive in-office option to major sinus surgery, and typically results in faster healing and a more comfortable recovery. In most cases, no bone or tissue is removed during the procedure, which not only causes a lower amount of trauma to the patient, but it also helps preserve the natural function of the sinuses. Because of the minimal amount of trauma, bleeding is much less and, in a large number of cases, no packing is required. This makes the recovery process faster and easier and, while healing time varies on a patient-by-patient basis, many patients can return to normal activities shortly after the procedure.

"I encourage patients who have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics to consider this treatment," explained Dr. Sadati. "It is by far the best choice to help alleviate these painful symptoms. It is also convenient, is generally covered by insurance and can be done as an out-patient procedure rather than a costly hospital stay."




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