(01/20/14) - The same kind of stents that save lives, opening clogged arteries,
could un-plug your sinuses. If you live with it, you know, sinusitis can be
miserable. It can rob you of sleep, make you nauseous, give you horrid
The tables are turned as nurse Jillian Giertuga undergoes a cat scan, "I had constant pressure in my cheeks and forehead."
She was suffering from chronic sinusitis.
"Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues that line the air-filled cavities within the skull," says Dr. Jordan Pritikin of Chicago Nasal and Sinus Center.
When steroids, decongestants, and antibiotics fail, surgery becomes an option, "we are opening up this space to allow air to flow, allow mucus to drain, and to get rid of as much diseased tissue as possible."
Up to 20 percent of nasal surgeries fail due to scarring or recurrent inflammation. Now, Dr. Pritikin is using a stent that holds the sinuses open.
He says it, "doesn't interfere with the drainage, doesn't interfere with airflow, but more importantly it's coated with a steroid that slowly releases into the tissues to decrease inflammation."
The stent is absorbed by the body, and patients find long term relief, according to Jillian, "things are much better, um, no pressure, no headaches."
Half a million patients each year undergo surgery to treat sinusitis. Studies show this new propel implant has provided a 29 percent reduction in the need for post surgical medical interventions.
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