KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It's a procedure that uses balloon technology for treating chronic sinusitis, which affects 35 million Americans with intense pain and pressure.
Many sinusitis sufferers live in a depressing decades-long cycle of nasal steroids, antibiotics and decongestants, and the usual surgery (endoscopy) requires cutting instruments, a general anesthetic and a painful week-long recovery.
Dr. Clyde Mathison, a prominent ENT specialist, is a groundbreaker for a better alternative -- a minimally invasive office procedure that uses a catheter and “sinus balloon” device to open sinus pathways.
The tiny balloon packs a lot of pressure that expands and actually breaks the very thin bones that make up the sinus cavities.
It's not painful as Wayne Freeman, a recent patient explained "You feel the pressure when the balloon expands kind of like a brain freeze for a second or two then it goes away."
The procedure has worked wonders for Wayne who suffered sinus problems along with sleep apnea.
"I didn't want to have sinus surgery because it's a major surgery that causes bruising and days of recovery." said Wayne
So he learned about the "sinus balloon" and thought he would give it a try.
"Being able to wake up without congestion and a runny nose is amazing. It's made a huge difference in my life and I highly recommend it." Wayne said
The procedure takes about 20 minutes under a local anesthetic, and most patients experience immediate and dramatic pain relief -- and return to full normal activities within 48 hours.
Also, most insurance companies cover the procedure but make sure to check with them before going through with it.
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