Breathe Easier with Balloon Sinuplasty at ENMMC

October 17, 2012 • Local Business Review

                                                                      Dr. Jan Hobbs


Dr. Jan Hobbs of Roswell Ears, Nose, Throat and Allergy and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are now offering a minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation called the BalloonSinuplasty™ .

If you are one of the 37 million people plagued by sinus problems, you know how miserable life can get. Sinusitis is one of the most chronic health problems in the United States; with patients suffering recurring headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. These symptoms significantly impact ones physical, functional and emotional quality of life.

Chronic sinusitis and [auth] acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses often associated with a cold. At least two of the following signs and symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis:

o  Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat

o  Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose

o  Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead

o  Reduced sense of smell and taste

Other signs and symptoms can include:

o  Ear pain

o  Aching in your upper jaw and teeth

o  Cough, which may be worse at night

o  Sore throat

o  Bad breath (halitosis)

o  Fatigue or irritability

o  Nausea


Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery.

“Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms but often a large percentage of patients don’t respond well to antibiotics and other medications,” states Jan Hobbs, M.D. an

otolaryngologist- ear, nose and throat specialist- on staff at ENMMC. “For these patients, sinus surgery is often the best option.”

Conventional sinus surgery involves the removal of bone and tissue to open up blocked sinus passageways. This can lead to an uncomfortable and lengthy recovery. Many patients did not have that kind of time and continued to suffer with painful sinus problems – until now.

Now with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent there is an alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery. A small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

“The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is a true advance in sinus care because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone,” said Hobbs. “That means faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. In fact, I anticipate that many of my patients will be able to return to normal activities within 24 hours and notice significant improvement with their symptoms.”

Dr. Hobbs is performing this minimally invasive surgery at ENMMC. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Dr. Hobbs at 575-622-2911.

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