Winneshiek Medical Center purchases new technology to support Ear, Nose, Throat specialty

Released: 11/08/21

William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System ear, nose, throat surgeon and medical staff president at Winneshiek Medical Center.
William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System ear, nose, throat surgeon at Winneshiek Medical Center.

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus lining that is caused by a bacterial infection and commonly called a sinus infection. Your doctor may recommend saline nasal sprays, antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, decongestants and over‐the‐counter pain relievers to help relieve the condition.

However, if you experience symptoms for longer than 12 weeks you could have chronic sinusitis.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a pioneering minimally-invasive breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis or chronic sinus blockage. Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty, a system of FDA‐cleared, catheter‐based instruments, opens blocked sinuses.

The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.

New 3D Navigation Technology to enhance Balloon Sinuplasty at WMC

The Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees recently approved the purchase of special navigation technology (TruDi® Navigation Technology) to further enhance endoscopic sinus surgery and the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure performed at WMC.

Mayo Clinic Health System Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon William Remington, M.D. performs endoscopic sinus surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty procedures at Winneshiek Medical Center.  He says, “When using the new navigation technology during the sinus surgery procedure, I can track and display the real-time location of instruments relative to the patient’s (pre-acquired) CT images. Through precise identification of the instrument’s tip location and orientation, this can improve my understanding of the location and orientation of the guidewire or instrument in the complex anatomy of the patient’s sinuses.”

Dr. Remington adds, “The more accurate I can be performing sinus surgery, the better the results are for the patient, both for recovery and for the long-term effectiveness in relieving sinusitis.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Remington, call Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-382-2911.  To learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty, visit www.winmedical.org/balloon-sinuplasty.

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