Breathe Better with Balloon Sinuplasty

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This article appears in the March - April 2013 edition of HealthBeat, John C. Lincoln's free health newsletter.

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Do spring flowers bring nasal allergies? For most people, simple over-the-counter medications — and a change of season — can relieve symptoms.

But if your nasal allergies turn into chronic sinusitis, you may benefit from an outpatient technique that opens up the sinuses with minimum discomfort.

"The sinuses are a series of interconnected, hollowed spaces in the skull, lined with mucus-secreting membranes," said Shawn B. Mathews, MD, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon at John C. Lincoln Hospitals.

Free Seminar

Dr. Mathews will give a free talk on balloon sinuplasty at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.

Please RSVP via e-mail to or call
623-434-6265 by March 18.

"When these membranes become infected or inflamed because of a cold or allergies, the sinuses swell up and block the nasal passages, causing pressure, pain and infection."

Left untreated, patients suffer symptoms ranging from sinus pain and pressure to headaches and congestion to coughing and fatigue.

With balloon sinuplasty, an ENT doctor opens inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. This allows the nasal passages to drain, the infection to clear and patients to breathe easier.


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