'Sinus balloon' a new treatment for chronic sinus issues

Published: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:13 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A new treatment for those suffering from chronic sinus issues seems to be taking the Pee Dee area by storm.

There is only one local doctor who offers a new, quick relief procedure, which is known as sinus balloon surgery.

"I was on antibiotics all the time and on steroids all the time. It seemed like every time I got over one I was on Sinusitis again," said Juanita Purvis, who had surgery.

Purvis is just one patient who is praising the sinus balloon procedure that's only being offered in one Florence location.

"This is a new procedure that we can offer folks. It will help open up their nose, just so they can breather better. It will hopefully cut down on the need for antibiotics and doctors' visits," said Dr. Shawn McKay, an ear, nose and throat specialist.

McKay said before the sinus balloon came into play, people who suffered from chronic sinus problems would have to head to the operating room.

"And surgery works well, but the downsides to surgery is that you have to go to the hospital, get general anesthesia, pain and typically there would be bleeding afterwards," McKay said.

The procedure is in-office, costing less and offering a quicker recovery.

"I spend the first 20 minutes getting their nose supper numb; they won't feel a thing," McKay said.. "Then what I do is go in there and open their nose just a little bit, so that they can breathe better through their nose. Then we have these balloons that we can insert through the doorways of the sinuses and inflate them. What that does is it helps those sinuses open up so that more air can get into those sinuses."

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