By Kamran Zamanian, Ph.D, and Andrew Bieg, iData Research Inc.
Chronic sinusitis is a highly prevalent condition, with approximately 12.5 percent of the American population affected annually. It is categorized by an inflammation of the sinuses lasting more than 12 weeks, with symptoms ranging from nasal congestion to maxillofacial pain. Although chronic sinusitis cases can be subdivided into those with polyps or without, all cases are associated with impaired sinus drainage and secondary bacterial infections.
In the past, patients who did not respond to medication for their chronic sinusitis were left with the singular option of nasal surgery, also known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). FESS allows for a targeted approach to the affected sinuses by reducing tissue and sinus disruption through the use of a powered shaver. This requires the patient to receive a local anesthetic. Additionally, utilization of a powered instrument will result in bleeding within the nose and, in rare cases, can cause a spinal fluid leak (1/1000).2
Although the risks of FESS are minimal, some patients have expressed…