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Published on September 28, 2009

Proven Technology in Treating Chronic Sinus Infections

September 28, 2009 

Joseph M. Scianna, MD37 Million Americans Afflicted With Sinusitis 

A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. The Balloon Sinuplasty system by Acclarent uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. Joseph M. Scianna, MD, Sycamore, is the first physician in the region west of St. Charles using this advanced technology.

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year. “Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms,” Dr. Scianna explains.  “This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.”

Historically, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options:  medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery. Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms for as many as 80% of patients, but is inadequate for the rest, Dr. Scianna said.  

“For them, sinus surgery is often the best option. However, conventional sinus surgery requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways.  In lieu of a desired treatment, approximately 900,000 patients each year elect to live with painful sinus conditions,” he said.

An alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery is the Balloon Sinuplasty technology available at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

“The procedure involves placing a small, flexible balloon catheter through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway,” Dr. Scianna describes. “The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.”

Dr. Scianna who now practices in Sycamore, was the former co-director of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology in head and neck surgery.

“The Balloon Sinuplasty devices are a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone.  That means faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort.  In fact, many of my patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and have had significant improvement in their symptoms.”

Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty technology by contacting Dr. Scianna’s office, Northern Illinois ENT Specialists, at 815.758.8106.

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