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Tiny balloon a breath of fresh air for sinus sufferers

New procedure available at The Sinus Center of Southwest Florida The millions of Americans who suffer from the pounding headaches, congestion and facial pressure of chronic sinusitis often find themselves continuously cycling through decongestants, antibiotics and nasal steroids as the infections come and go. And when the medications have failed, the usual "last resort" is endoscopic sinus surgery, which is performed in an operating room under a general anesthetic. For many sinus sufferers, there's a less invasive and equally effective alternative. Balloon sinuplasty, also known as balloon sinus dilation, is a safe and comfortable procedure performed in the doctor's office [...]

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Procedure in Fort Myers helps patients deal with chronic sinusitis

A local treatment option can help people cope with and treat chronic sinusitis as allergy season gets underway. Chronic sinusitis has been found to be more painful and debilitating than heart failure and chronic back pain, according to a study done at Cornell University. Sinus infections cause 73 million lost days of work each year in the United States, according to the study. Melanie Brookshire underwent multiple surgeries, but said she still struggled with chronic sinus problems. “It was also affecting my breathing and quality of sleep,” Brookshire said. “I would snore very loudly.” Dr. Justin Casey, an ear, nose [...]

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A Small Procedure to Help you Breathe

Living with sniffles and a stuffy nose can be exhausting. “It is a pretty miserable condition. These reoccurring sinus infections really slow them down and take a toll on their lives,” said Dr. Justin Casey, an otolaryngologist on the medical staff of Lee Health. Patients living with chronic sinusitis have symptoms like nasal obstruction, facial pain, post nasal drip, runny nose, and congestion. “It’s not caused by any one thing. So typically these patients will end up in and out of urgent care, ER’s, and primary care offices getting antibiotic after antibiotic. It gets better temporarily but always comes [...]

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