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Monday 31, May 2010

  Minimally invasive sinus surgery becoming popular than ever

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Minimally invasive sinus surgery becoming popular than everSinus surgery using an endoscope is becoming increasingly common for managing chronic sinus disease among Medicare beneficiaries, as per a report in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Chronic rhinosinusitis is characterized by symptoms that include congestion, runny nose, headache, facial pressure, and loss of smell.

The involved authors remarked that endoscopic sinus surgery is increasingly becoming the mainstay of chronic rhinosinusitis management in the Medicare population.

Sunday 30, May 2010

  Minimally invasive surgery safe for alleviating pain

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Minimally invasive surgery safe for alleviating painAccording to a recently concluded research, minimally invasive surgery is a safe and effective therapy in terms of alleviating pain and pressure of sinusitis for geriatric patients who find no relief with medication alone.

Dr. Stilianos E. Kountakis, otolaryngologist, vice chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a principal author on the study published in the December issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, said the finding suggest that minimally invasive surgery is a surgical technique not as invasive as others and still effective for facilitating good outcomes.

Dr. Kountakis said that patients over the age of 60 and who underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery reported improvement in symptoms over the year following surgery, had few minor complications, and no major complications.