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Avera Medical Minute: Balloon Sinuplasty Live 8/5/10

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Dr. Jeff Liudahl with Avera Yankton Ear, Nose and Throat Dr. Jeff Liudahl with Avera Yankton Ear, Nose and Throat

Millions of Americans get sinus infections, but if you've had one for 3 months and antibiotics aren't helping then it becomes a chronic condition and a problem. We asked a surgeon at Avera Yankton Ear, Nose and Throat how patients with chronic sinus issues are finding relief with his help and new technology,

Surgeon Dr. Jeff Liudahl with Avera Yankton Ear, Nose and Throat says, "If conservative medical treatment has failed, then we usually progress with CT scan and if we see chronic sinus disease and chronic blockage of the sinus outflow passage then we may progress with endoscopic sinus surgery. One of the new developments would be balloon sinuplasty. We thread a guide wire into the blocked sinus with a small catheter, balloon catheter over the guide wire and then we dilate the blockage. It's really a non-invasive way of opening blocked sinus drainage and the sinus problem will clear up."

 

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