Published on October 04, 2010

New Option in Sinus Surgery Available at Baptist-Golden Triangle

COLUMBUS, Miss. - A new, minimally-invasive technology used by surgeons who treat chronic sinusitis is now available at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. The Balloon SinuplastyTM System by AcclarentTM uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.

Columbus otolaryngologists, Joseph Boggess, MD and Justin Garner, MD are the first physicians in the area to offer this technology.

"The balloon sinuplasty device is a true advance in sinus care because in many cases, the procedure can be done without removing any tissue or bone," Dr. Boggess said. "That means quick recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort."

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the United States, afflicting 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms, said Dr. Garner. The condition can significantly impact an individual's physical, functional and emotional quality of life, he added.

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. But, in at least 20 percent of patients, medication alone is not enough, and surgery is required.

"Conventional sinus surgery that requires bone and tissue to be removed to open blocked sinus passageways may lead to post-operative pain and bleeding that requires uncomfortable nasal packing to control," said Dr. Garner.

With balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive sinus balloon catheter is inserted into the blocked sinus passageway through the nostril. The balloon is then inflated to restructure and open the sinus passageway, helping to restore normal sinus drainage and function in many cases without bone or tissue removal, Dr. Boggess explained.

"Extensive studies have shown that this procedure is safe and effective for opening blocked sinuses," he added.

With 328 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital, Baptist Golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. The hospital also offers a variety of services to the community, including the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, hospice for the terminally ill, Baptist Behavioral Health Care-Willowbrook for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department, and educational programs. Baptist Golden Triangle employs more than 1,000 health care professionals. For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit


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