March 31, 2011

Balloon Sinuplasty

By Eric Shangraw

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 10:17 PM CDT

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.

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