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Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the United States, afflicting 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms.

Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to medical therapy − such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids − or conventional sinus surgery. Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms for some patients, but for 20-25% of sufferers, this alone is not enough. For these patients, sinus surgery is their next hope in finding relief. A conventional sinus surgery called Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) requires bone and tissue removal to open blocked sinus passageways, and can lead to postoperative pain and bleeding.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a relatively new option, whereby a small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through the nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. When the balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and opens the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. With this minimally invasive option, patients may have reduced bleeding and post-procedure discomfort. Many patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.

To learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty options, talk to your physician or visit the AcclarentTM.


If you are over age 50 and suffer from lower back pain that is relieved when bending over or sitting down, you may be experiencing the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) − a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerves, leading to pain and immobility.

The traditional treatment continuum for LSS includes conservative care, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, exercise and chiropractic, as well as symptom management with medications, epidural steroid injections (ESIs), pain pumps and/or neuromodulation. However, these treatments do not remove the source of the pain, and, in most cases, symptoms return. In the past, the next line of treatment for LSS included open surgical procedures such as laminotomy (partial removal of the lamina, a plate of bone in the vertebrae) or laminectomy (removal of the entire lamina and the ligaments that are attached to it), and/or fusion. Each of these has risk factors and leads to changes in the natural anatomy and structural stability of the spine.

Fortunately, there's a groundbreaking new procedure that safely and therapeutically reduces pain and improves mobility while maintaining the spine's structural stability. It's called MILD and it's available at Saint Agnes. This new minimally invasive treatment alternative provides relief for patients by addressing a primary cause of LSS. During the procedure, the physician uses mild devices to remove small pieces of bone and the tissue causing the pressure on the nerves. Performed under image guidance through a 5.1 mm mild Portal (about the diameter of a pencil), mild requires only an adhesive bandage for closure. Many MILD patients report immediate relief, and most go home the same day.

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