The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 14, 2014

Suffering from recurrent sinusitis?

Are you or someone you know constantly suffering from facial pain, sinus pressure or nasal drainage and can’t find lasting relief?

A groundbreaking advancement in sinus surgery technology, now offered at Medical Associates, allows patients to receive a minimally invasive in-office procedure to relieve symptoms from sinusitis.

This new technique is called Balloon Sinuplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty opens blocked sinuses, restores normal sinus drainage and function, and preserves normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Balloon Sinuplasty has proven to be a procedure that combines the effectiveness of traditional sinus surgery in a more minimally invasive manner. Patients can get back to their normal activities within 24 hours and take less time off work (at most 1 to 2 days with Balloon Sinuplasty as opposed to 5 to 14 with traditional sinus surgery) for recovery.

“Patients come in, receive topical anesthetics and remain awake during the procedure. Some procedures can take just 30 minutes or less,” says Melanie Giesler, D.O., an ENT with Medical Associates of Clinton. “For some patients the relief is virtually immediate. Most feel normal by nighttime and rarely need pain medication.”

“Studies have proven in-office Balloon Sinuplasty is very effective – the passageways remain open for 92 percent of patients. That’s about the same rate as with the bone-removing procedure performed in operating rooms,” says Dr. Giesler.

Candidate patients have been suffering in varying degrees from symptoms. Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses occurs with an infection from a virus, bacteria or fungus, and is one of the most common reasons for visits to primary-care physician offices, afflicting about 37 million Americans annually.

An adult who has a cold that does not improve, or one that gets worse after five to seven days, might be experiencing acute sinusitis. Commonly, patients who already are suffering from allergies will experience an increase in these symptoms during sinus season.

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