The Union Recorder


March 25, 2014

ORMC: Balloon Sinuplasty offered at ORMC

MILLEDGEVILLE — Chronic sinusitis affects more than 37 million Americans each year. Now Central Georgia residents can benefit from a sinusitis procedure at Oconee Regional Medical Center that is less invasive from the traditional procedure, which removes tissue and bone. This state-of-the-art, minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty™ system treats sinusitis by using a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. This allows for patients to recover and get back to their routines quicker in contrast to traditional sinus surgery.

“Medication (antibiotics and topical nasal steroids) for sinusitis controls the problem for about 80 percent of patients. For that other 20 percent, however, surgery is the solution,” said Dr. Rick Lockhart, an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist on staff at Oconee Regional Medical Center. “Balloon sinuplasty offers an effective alternative to the conventional surgical removal of tissue and bone, allowing patients to resume normal activities within 24 hours with significant relief from their symptoms.”

Symptoms of chronic sinus inflammation include:

  • headache
  • nasal congestion
  • fatigue
  • facial pain, pressure
  • difficulty breathing through nose
  • discharge of yellow or green mucus from nose
  • teeth pain
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • sore throat
  • bad breath

Chronic sinusitis can significantly impact an individual’s physical, functional and emotional quality of life. About 900,000 patients each year live with the painful and uncomfortable symptoms instead of following recommended treatments, including surgery.

Balloon Sinuplasty allows doctors to place a small, flexible balloon catheter 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.

“Clinical studies have shown that two years after this procedure is performed patients are consistently satisfied with the result,” said Dr. Lockhart. “They’re free of symptoms, and have an improved quality of life.”

For more information on Balloon Sinuplasty call Dr. Lockhart at 478-452-6610.

Text Only
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted