Northwestern Medicine Brings Surgical Sinus Operation into the Doctor's Office
However there are some patients who need this surgery but don’t want to go under a general anesthesia. For this group, Northwestern Medicine otolaryngologists recently utilized a new variation of the balloon procedure typically only done in an operating room. The procedure involved giving a patient topical anesthesia and then inserting a small balloon into his nasal cavity in the doctor’s office under CT scan image guidance. The first patient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital underwent the procedure on July 8, 2014. He was also one of the first patients in the country to undergo this procedure.
The first procedure only took about 30 minutes and was done in the Sinus and Allergy Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this procedure is not for everyone so patient selection is critical for success.
“Our first patient was an 85-year-old man who was uncomfortable going under general anesthesia,” said Kern, who is also professor and chairman of otolaryngology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Given the availability of this technology and his preference, we were able to offer him a less invasive yet still very safe option.”
Learn more about the Sinus and Allergy Center of Northwestern University or call (312) 695-8182.