Sinus suffering is over for Elaine

William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System physician at Winneshiek Medical Center, explains the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure to Elaine Thompson of Decorah. In December, Elaine had in-office balloon sinuplasty, instead of undergoing general anesthesia and surgery.

For years, Elaine Thompson has suffered from sinus pain. “Because of my sinus problems, I never left my home without my little bag of pills,” says Elaine, referring to the medications she took to try and ease her sinus symptoms.

There are about 37 million people in America who suffer from sinusitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. “Symptoms of sinusitis can include fatigue, facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion, cough and limited sense of smell,” says William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) specialty provider at the WMC Clinic. “Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems we see, and it can significantly impact an individual’s physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.”

Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or surgery. Medical therapy works for 75-80% of patients, but it’s not effective for everyone. “For some patients, sinus surgery is often the best option,” says Dr. Remington. “Conventional surgery requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways, but Balloon Sinuplasty can restore normal sinus drainage and function in a simple, in-office procedure.”

“I was very excited when I found out that I could have Balloon Sinuplasty, because it was so simple,” says Elaine. “I didn’t need to go under general anesthesia and that was an important advantage for me.”

Dr. Remington is one of the first physicians in the area to offer this minimally invasive sinus technology as a simple in-office procedure.  He says, “The Balloon Sinuplasty device is a true advance in sinus care because, in many cases, the patient experiences faster recovery with 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.”

Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty

Sinusitis patients who are considering their options can learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty by contacting Dr. Remington at Winneshiek Medical Center Clinic at 563-382-2911.

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