Proctor Hospital is seeing phenomenal success with a minimally invasive surgery for sinus sufferers.
The Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small catheter and balloon to open and expand sinus openings.
The bigger opening allows the air pocket in the skull to more naturally drain.
Blockage causes sinus pressure.
A surgeon at Proctor who performs the technique says its been effective in 85% of patients over the last two years.
"Since it is not cutting anything; it is simply widening the natural openings," said Peoria Ear Nose & Throat surgeon Dr. Jim Klemens. "It is a safer sort of procedure," he said.
The entire procedure takes about two hours.
A patient we talked with said her insurance covered the surgery.