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The Sinus Area
Sinus area close-up: frontal sinus (green), ethmoid sinus (purple), sphenoid sinus (yellow), and maxillary sinus (blue).

Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. It significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional, and emotional quality of life. Patients suffer from headache, facial discomfort, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, loss of the sense of smell, and malaise. Now, our ENT specialists provide a new minimally invasive treatment, right in their office.

Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids or conventional sinus surgery including functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).

Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms for some patients. However, for 20-25% of sufferers, this form of treatment alone is not adequate. For these patients, sinus surgery is their next hope in finding relief.

FESS is a conventional operation that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways. With no desirable treatment, more than 600,000 people nationwide are left living with their sinus condition.

Balloon catheter dilation of paranasal sinus ostia, or balloon sinuplasty, is an effective minimally invasive technique for treating chronic sinusitis, and a leading-edge procedure of our minimally invasive ENT program at Stony Brook.

The current revolution in minimally invasive procedures for endoscopic sinus surgery has led to the development of the new technology called balloon sinuplasty, which provides an effective alternative to FESS.

Our ENT specialists—Mark F. Marzouk, MD; Elliot Regenbogen, MD; Ghassan J. Samara, MD; and Wasyl Szeremeta, MD—are experienced in using the sinuplasty technology to treat both adults and children with chronic sinusitis. Now they are performing the balloon dilation procedure in their office in East Setauket, NY, on an outpatient, same-day basis.

Come to our free seminar, "Update for Adult and Pediatric Sinus Sufferers," on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at the Holiday Inn Express-Stony Brook … To make a reservation (required) to attend, please call 631-444-8410 or email jennifer.drasser@sbumed.org.

Dr. Samara, who was the first physician in Suffolk County to treat patients with balloon sinuplasty, says: "Sinuplasty provides an effective tool for treating patients with chronic sinusitis that may not be severe enough for them to need FESS but in whom medications alone are insufficient. It offers patients considerable benefits, since it is minimally invasive and requires far less postoperative maintenance than FESS."

"Now that the sinuplasty technology has been further developed, we are performing the procedure in our office, and in this way, our patients’ experience with the treatment is greatly enhanced. They come see us, are treated, and go home the same day."

Watch this video (1:14 min) about chronic sinusitis and the sinuplasty technology used at Stony Brook:

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