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Cutting-Edge Sinus Treatment Offers New Hope
ABC News ^ | 4/6/06 | ABC News

Posted on 04/08/2006 9:21:47 PM PDT by stlnative

April 6, 2006 — It's an annual rite of passage for those who suffer from seasonal allergies: sinuses so blocked it's difficult to breathe, a recurring headache, a feeling of constant "pressure" on the face.

But for people like Michele Lynch who suffer from chronic sinusitis, allergy season seems to last all year. "I couldn't work. You can't breathe. I couldn't sleep," she said.

Lynch, 24, had suffered from sinusitis most of her life — the result of abnormal bone growth in her sinuses. But a few weeks ago, doctors suggested she try a radically new treatment that's been available in the United States only since December.

The procedure, called balloon sinuplasty, opens sinus cavities the same way doctors open clogged arteries when they do a balloon angioplasty.

~SNIP~ (More at link)

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: allergies; balloonsinuplasty; sinusinfections; sinusitis; stuffynose
I sure would be willing to have this done just to see if it would help with my sinusitis.

Has any Freeper's had it done? If so, I would like to hear if it help you or not.

1 posted on 04/08/2006 9:21:53 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: stlnative

if it's such a benign procedure why do they need general anesthesia. i had my wisdom teeth out with local, and this can't hurt as much


2 posted on 04/08/2006 9:24:58 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

I found this also...

New Treatment Balloon Sinuplasty May Help Sinusitis Sufferers

http://www.newsdial.com/sinusitis/balloon-sinuplasty.html


3 posted on 04/08/2006 9:26:55 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: stlnative
"Up ya nose wit a rubber hose!"
4 posted on 04/08/2006 9:27:49 PM PDT by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out)
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To: stlnative
Isn't this similar to correcting a nose's deviated septum?
5 posted on 04/08/2006 9:28:13 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: kinoxi

Lucky you. In the USSR they used to do extractions and root canals without any anesthesia. It was character building.


6 posted on 04/08/2006 9:28:51 PM PDT by GSlob
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Google search for "balloon sinuplasty"

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2005-33,GGLG:en&q=balloon+sinuplasty


7 posted on 04/08/2006 9:29:07 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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Pictures of how it is done are here...

http://www.acclarent.com/professional/balloon.html


8 posted on 04/08/2006 9:31:40 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: GSlob
it has been done all over the world without anesthesia. you might be referring to some of the stalinist's pet projects
9 posted on 04/08/2006 9:33:44 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

I am referring to something I had had to endure myself - and more than once - before I fot the ef out of there. In the 60s and 70s - way after Stalin's demise - it was the SOP.


10 posted on 04/08/2006 9:44:46 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: GSlob

fot=got. A typo.


11 posted on 04/08/2006 9:45:18 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: LdSentinal

I had a "deviated septum" corrected.....that was REMOVAL of some of the internal parts of the nose....NOT this procedure.


12 posted on 04/08/2006 9:49:22 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: goodnesswins

It is not good to be a deviant. "Thou shalt not deviate' - and it applies to the nasal septa as well.


13 posted on 04/08/2006 9:58:08 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: goodnesswins
I had a deviated septum correction as well. In fact, I had the "basic" sinus operation. The pretty much drill out your sinuses. The way they correct a deviated septum the "basic" way: they pull it out of your nose, and they pulverise it until it is pretty well broken up. Then, they put it back into your nose, but with plastic shields around it it to make certain that it heals in a straight position.

They stuff tampons and "packing" up your nose until everything heals and the septum is straight.

It was really quite an ordeal. Keeping your nose crammed with stuff for a couple of weeks, while you cannot breathe is very frustrating.

However, once everything had been pulled out, I was a lot better. Before the surgery, I had become a nasal spray junkie; needing nasal spray often just to keep breathing. I have used no nasal spray (aside form saline) for several years. When I breathe out my nose, I can feel wind whooshing out from it. If the new method works, w/o all the hassle I went through, it sounds pretty good.

14 posted on 04/08/2006 10:10:34 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Meadows Place, TX-Formerly "Tom DeLay Country")
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To: kinoxi

an answer to your question most likely will be found here...
http://www.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=21254520

Feasibility and procedural success was demonstrated through 100% dilation of the target sinuses.


The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

After placing a small guiding catheter into the nose under endoscopic vision, a small guidewire is introduced into the sinus targeted for therapy. Once the sinus is accessed, a proprietary balloon device developed by Acclarent, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA) called the Relieva(TM) Sinus Balloon Catheter is introduced into the swollen sinus passageway under x-ray guidance. The Relieva Sinus Balloon catheter is then dilated, gently restructuring and widening the walls of the passageway, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and allowing for immediate drainage of trapped secretions.

"This technology is indeed an eye opener and should make sinus surgery more complete," said Dr. Michael Setzen from Manhasset, NY, "The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is extremely exciting and will be beneficial to both sinus surgeons and patients."


15 posted on 04/08/2006 10:33:12 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: stlnative

How much does it cost to have a specialist stick a ballon in your nose and inflate it?


16 posted on 04/08/2006 10:39:59 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus

I don't know.

This is a new procedure!

You can look up ENT's that are trained and certified to do it here... (unfortunately there are no ENT's near me yet that do it)

http://www.acclarent.com


17 posted on 04/08/2006 10:47:00 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: stlnative

I've seen people stick snakes, worms, strings, etc. in their nose and out their mouths.
I think I can stick a ballon through and have my wife blow it up.
If I can find a package of the skinny ballons clowns make animals with, the whole procedure would only cost a couple bucks.What do you think?


18 posted on 04/08/2006 10:52:34 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus
A couple of bucks! No way... a clown sculpting balloon is probably only a 5 cents. Heck you might find a clown that will give you one for free with maybe a little clown slobber on it. Just have your wife clean it with some rubbing alcohol :-)

Let me know how it turns out...! But I do think I will wait until an ENT doc offers the procedure in my area!


19 posted on 04/08/2006 11:00:56 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: philetus

Just stop by the local Democrat headquarters in your area you will find plenty of balloon blowing-twisting clowns hanging around there!


20 posted on 04/08/2006 11:04:37 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: philetus

Just for you... LOL

http://www.balloonman.cc/CopyJRenoBobby1.jpg


21 posted on 04/08/2006 11:15:45 PM PDT by stlnative (Chris Daughtry - because he always does it better than the original ! - Stay True Chris!)
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To: stlnative
I have a treatment. But I wouldn't recommend it. I use afrin every time my sinuses close up. Which is about 10 times a day. When they say it's habit forming, they're not kidding. But it works, unlike everything else.
22 posted on 04/08/2006 11:18:43 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: stlnative

A couple of bucks! No way... a clown sculpting balloon is probably only a 5 cents."

Better and better.Now I can breath a sigh of relief. I didn't have two bucks.


23 posted on 04/08/2006 11:21:43 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: stlnative

There are some people who have fat enough heads already. this procedure would just encourage them.


24 posted on 04/08/2006 11:22:10 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Condi 2008.<------added January 2004. Remember you heard it here first)
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To: stlnative

It's been over a year since my sinus surgury, and it was pretty funky indeed. I hope this new approach makes it easier on others needing it.


25 posted on 04/08/2006 11:27:12 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: stlnative

My answer is the same as with laser eye surgery. "With my luck, I'd sneeze at the wrong moment and be disfigured for life."


26 posted on 04/08/2006 11:31:13 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: stlnative
Has any Freeper's had it done?

I THOUGHT of the idea several years ago. cutting edge my foot...But due to my lack of influence and outlet to express my ideas, I wouldn't have convinced anyone to do it anyway...I was about to, seriously, thinking of sticking a balloon up my nose, and hooking it up to a compressed air tank with an on/of valve. Most sinus problems are due to lack of symmetry in the passages, so I figured this would be a cheap, easy fix. Now these "doctors" are getting the credit...

27 posted on 04/08/2006 11:48:29 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (The Republican Senate [Or how to go from Frist to LAST through incompetence and cowardice])
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To: philetus

Look at my post (27). If you get around to it, let us know how it works. I was thinking of doing the same thing, but like every other project of mine, who knows how long before I get to this one.


28 posted on 04/08/2006 11:52:57 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (The Republican Senate [Or how to go from FRIST to LAST through incompetence and cowardice])
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To: GSlob
i don't know what you are referring to
29 posted on 04/09/2006 12:22:35 AM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

I was referring to anesthesia-free dentistry.


30 posted on 04/09/2006 12:50:22 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: stlnative
I haven't had it, but I want it!!!
31 posted on 04/09/2006 1:03:41 AM PDT by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: mysterio
I'll bet you have bottles of Afrin by the bed, in the car, on your desk and in the bathroom. Once it was so bad that I kept two bottles in every room in the house, one in the car and two in my purse! Cost me a mint! Now I only use it 3 times a day, max.

Here's the trick to reduce your usage to a more manageable level; when you wake up in the morning, only clear one nostril with Afrin. When that closes up, wait as long as you can stand it (I can't go much more than and hour), then clear the other nostril. (I find that I'm usually fine if I can breath OK with one side.) I do the same thing when I'm sleeping and alternate nostrils and nights.

When I find myself getting out of control I do this and I'm almost Afrin-free during the day surprisingly fast. I think it's only 4-7 days.

I can NOT sleep without it, though!

And, no. I don't blame Afrin for my problems. I had so many sinus infections as a kid that I thought it was normal. Afrin actually saved me. After starting Afrin I've cut the bad infections down from 3-5 a year to 1 infection every two or three years.

32 posted on 04/09/2006 1:17:24 AM PDT by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: GSlob

Welcome aboard. Isn't Russia a great place to be out of?

Why would any tourist want to go there!?


33 posted on 04/09/2006 4:48:21 AM PDT by RoadTest (The wicked love darkness; but God's people love the Light!)
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To: Marie

I was addicted to Afrin and got off it. Here's how--pick a nostril and use Afrin as often as necessary, but only on that side. The non-Afrin side will clog up horribly for several hours or possibly even a few days, but will eventually clear up. In the meantime you can breathe through the Afrin nostril. When the first side clears, stop using Afrin on the other. It, too, will clog up horribly, of course, but eventually clear. Then you're off Afrin. I'm now using prescription generic fluticasone proprianate, which is once a day and keeps me as clear as Afrin ever did--no headaches, stuffiness, sinus infections, not even a cold since I started using it. And since it's generic, it's not expensive.

Hope this helps.


34 posted on 04/09/2006 5:47:38 AM PDT by LadyNavyVet
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To: Marie
Have your tried draining and cleaning with a nasal saline solution that you make yourself?
35 posted on 04/09/2006 5:58:56 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: mysterio; Marie
Afrin should be used only once in 24 hours and then for only 3 days. When used like you use it, Afrin has a rebound effect. You are both fixing the problem and causing it to happen again. You need to get totaly off the stuff. Get a hemi-pot and wash your sinuses out 4 times a day with warm salt water.
36 posted on 04/09/2006 6:00:39 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping


37 posted on 04/09/2006 6:37:24 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: philetus
How much does it cost to have a specialist stick a ballon in your nose and inflate it?

Probably very little.

However, if you want to make sure the balloon is in the right spot and not next to your optic nerve or a major cranial vessel, I'd suggest you pay a decent price for someone who can do it safely.

Like most things in life, the fee isn't for what you do; it's for knowing how to do it right - the first time.

38 posted on 04/09/2006 8:15:43 AM PDT by doc11355
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To: Marie

Yeah, I have a bottle and several backups scattered around the house and car. This will be the third time I've had to kick. I'll get off it, be clogged for a month, and then I'll have this state of sometimes clear, clogged for the better part of a month and after a few years, I'll decide it's better to be addicted to Afrin and be able to breathe 12 months a year. But thanks, everyone, for the advice. I'll probably stop using the stuff again, suffer through it, and realize I was better off on Afrin and start using it again in a year or so. LOL.


39 posted on 04/09/2006 10:46:20 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: RoadTest
"Why would any tourist want to go there!?"
Well, IMHO that tourist would have to be mentally defecative. Few years ago when I was unemployed, I was interviewing with a company who needed a guy to go there and supervise their branch office. Through some idiotic failure of communication I had been given to understand that I was interviewing for a stateside position. As soon as we cleared the confusion, I left that joint still proudly unemployed.
40 posted on 04/09/2006 11:12:37 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: cloud8

Yup. I do like saline. The doc says I have bone malformation which is why I have all these stupid issues. That's why I'm so excited by this procedure!


41 posted on 04/09/2006 1:42:10 PM PDT by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: mysterio
I'm not going to argue with you! I feel exactly the same way!

Until somebody goes ten years with a stuffy nose, they have no idea how distressing it actually is. My main issue with Afrin is that it's so costly. That's why I have a 4 bottle a month maximum. (I may actually only use 2, but I need to keep my backups! lol!)

42 posted on 04/09/2006 1:44:09 PM PDT by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I actually had endoscopic nasal surgery, (@ $10,000) and during that they got rid of my deviated septum.....but they also found 3 polyps that were blocking spaces.....but, in the end my sinus problems were NOT cured....it took changing my diet to fix them.


43 posted on 04/09/2006 3:21:22 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: stlnative

Hello, I am the clown that created the balloon ghost you so graciously posted. I am honored. However; there are a few corrections to be made regarding your post. This particular balloon created uses 2 (350q's), 1 (646q), 1 (5in round), 3 (260q's) and 2 (160q's). Time to create this sculpture: 10-12 minutes. If you do the math, the answer multiplied far beyond 5 cents. Actually check out some of the other creations found on http://www.aBalloonArtist.com or even http://www.BalloonHQ.com you will see that balloon twisting known maybe in your day has come a long way. The bar has been risen. Balloon sculpting (twisting, shaping, etc.) is recognized as an art. Yes, there are still those who give the profession a bad name, but heck, that is in any industry. carmen@charmandhappy.com (proud creator of the funky ghost balloon you posted)


44 posted on 11/18/2006 6:52:58 PM PST by charmandhappy
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