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New Nasal Procedure Helps Chronic Sinus Patients

"Never know what it's been like to be able to breathe out of both nostrils at the same time so hopefully that will change that," said Tim Peck who had the sinus balloon procedure on Tuesday.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's that time of the year again when the sneezing, coughing and sinus infections return. Doctors say chronic sinusitis affects 35 million Americans leading to severe pain and pressure. But now, there's a new technology that's opening sinus pathways and the procedure is available right here in Hagerstown.

Our very own Kirstin Garriss got a behind the scenes look on how this new procedure works.

Hagerstown resident, Tim Peck has suffered from chronic sinus infections for as long as he can remember. 

"Never know what it's been like to be able to breathe out of both nostrils at the same time so hopefully that will change that," said Peck who had the sinus balloon procedure on Tuesday.

But now he's getting relief.

It's the sinus balloon dilation, a new minimally invasive nasal procedure.

"It uses advances in technology such as telescopes as well as high powered suctions, and micro-debreeders as well some convention tools to fix problems in the nose area," said Dr. Kirby Scott, Ears, Nose and Tongue (ENT) specialist.

The entire 20 minute procedure takes place n an clinical office space. Doctors say with the minimally invasive technology, they don't need an operation room to perform the procedure.

While inside the patient's nose, doctors create small openings in the nasal sinus. Then the sinus balloon inflates for a few seconds, reshaping the anatomy and expanding drainage pathways.

Dr. Scott says patients sometimes experience relief immediately after the procedure or even sooner.

"Some patients often really experience some relief while we're doing it and because they're awake they're able to verbalize that and communicate their, their relief," said Dr. Scott.

And for Tim peck, he's breathing a sigh of relief.

"You did awesome. So the breathe now, is the way you'll breathe for the rest of your life," said Dr. Scott. 

Doctors say they're working to make more higher level procedures available to patients.

"As the technology advances certainly we try to do as much as we can and as safely as we can for each patient - individualized to their needs and the office setting," said Dr. Scott.

The sinus balloon procedure is available throughout the United States. Locally, offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md are performing the procedure. For more information about the procedure, check out their website.

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