Mercy Medical Center Introduces Balloon Sinuplasty™

Jan 20, 2010

Mercy Medical Center Introduces Balloon Sinuplasty™

Topic: Minimally Invasive Procedure Uses Small Sinus Balloon Catheter to Open Blocked Sinuses and Restore Normal Sinus Function | Contact: Cindy Hickey


Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center now offers Balloon Sinuplasty, a minimally invasive, outpatient surgical treatment for blocked sinuses. This endoscopic, catheter-based technology may be an option for eligible patients diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.
Benefits of this minimally invasive surgery may include:
·        Safe, effective, gentle opening of blocked sinuses.
·        Reduced bleeding.
·        Faster recovery.
Sinusitis includes inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections, as well as structural blockages of the sinus opening. When the sinus opening is closed, mucus cannot drain normally, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter – introduced entirely through the nostrils – to open up blocked sinus passageways and restore normal sinus drainage. In certain cases, the surgeon may also insert a temporary drug-eluding device which slowly releases medication onto the sinus lining to decrease inflammation. Patients do not feel the device in the sinus, and it is removed in an outpatient setting 14 to 21 days after surgery.
Steven Ossakow, M.D., F.A.C.S., Mercy otolaryngologist, believes this new procedure may dramatically improve the quality of life for eligible patients.
He says, “Traditional sinus surgery often involves removal of sinus tissue and sometimes bone. Recovery can take several weeks and, in some cases, additional surgery is required. With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no need to remove tissue or bone, which translates into significantly less discomfort, almost no bleeding and shortened recovery time. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within two to seven days.”   
Sinusitis affects approximately 35 million people in the U.S. each year and is usually treated first with antibiotics, topical nasal steroid, antihistamines and decongestants. However, about 20 percent of patients do not respond adequately to medications.
Common symptoms of sinusitis are:
·        Facial pain or pressure and nasal congestion or fullness.
·        Difficulty breathing through the nose.
·        Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose.
·        Teeth pain, loss of the sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, sore throat and/or bad breath.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see

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