MANTECA, Calif. – November 2009
A sophisticated, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Doctors Hospital of Manteca. The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system by Acclarent™ uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.
Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.
Historically, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery such as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms as many as 80% of patients but is inadequate for the rest. For them, sinus surgery may be the best option. However, FESS is a conventional surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways. In lieu of a desired treatment, approximately 900,000 patients each year elect to live with painful sinus conditions.
There is an alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent. A small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Dr. Abbas Kashani is one of the first physicians in this area to offer this technology. Dr. Kashani says, “The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices by Acclarent are a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone. That can mean faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. In fact, many of my patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and have had significant improvement in their symptoms.”
The international, multi-center study, CLEAR, published in the prestigious journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, confirmed at all time points – 24-week, one-year and two-years - earlier clinical validation that the Balloon Sinuplasty™ instruments are safe and effective for opening blocked sinuses. The CLEAR study reported:
- 91.6% functional patency rate at one-year; 70 patients (217 sinuses)
- No serious adverse events at two-years; 65 patients (195 sinuses)
- Symptom improvement for 85% of patients across the two-year-post surgery period
Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by calling 1-800-470-7229 or by visiting www.balloonsinuplasty.com.
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