Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Options at Capital Region Ear, Nose and Throat
July 16, 2012
Sinusitis is a very common problem that affects 37 million Americans each year, and often is treated with painful surgery. But there is an alternative minimally invasive procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty. With the patient under a general anesthetic, doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils to the blockage. Then they inflate the balloon about a quarter of an inch — just enough to open the passageway. The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. There is no incision or cutting which means there is no bleeding, bruising or swelling. Recovery time is significantly shorter and future treatment options will not be limited by this procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty has been hailed as the most exciting medical advance in the ear, nose and throat field in the last 15 years. The number of sufferers who can benefit from this type of operation is huge.
Ramez J. Awwad, MD, board-certified otolaryngologist and sleep medicine physician at Capital Region Ear, Nose & Throat is one of a handful of specialists in the Capital District trained in and offering this procedure.