SANATOGA PA – Balloon sinuplasty, a medical procedure that helps patients suffering from chronic sinus conditions to breathe a little easier, was introduced by two Sanatoga physicians this month as an offering at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, 1600 E. High St., Pottstown PA.
The technique, described by the hospital as “minimally invasive,” uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. The balloon is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway, inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passage to restore sinus drainage and function.
Sinusitis is one of the most common conditions being treated with the procedure. It afflicts more than 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. Sinusitis patients previously were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery.
Dr. Joshua Goldberg and Dr. Paul Swanson of Broker Cramer Swanson and Goldberg, 5 S. Sunnybrook Dr., say the balloon sinuplasty devices are an advance in sinus care because in many cases the procedure can be completed without removing tissue or bone. “Many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours, and have had significant improvement in their symptoms,” Swanson says.