St. Elizabeth'sServices and Clinical CentersOtolaryngology

The Minimally Invasive Nasal and Sinus Surgery Institute

For many patients, suffering from chronic or seasonal nasal and sinus pain is just a way of life. At. St. Elizabeth's, we are here to say that this does not need to be the case. Talk with your primary care physician about seeing an ENT specialist.

There are now many minimally invasive options available to provide targeted relief to improve overall health. These techniques, which have been perfected by the St. Elizabeth's Minimally Invasive Nasal and Sinus Institute team, offer patients innovative options in the treatment of nasal obstruction, sinus disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.

The minimally invasive techniques offered at St. Elizabeth's are designed to eliminate the significant side effects of conventional sinus surgery. Performed by experienced otolaryngologists, techniques include:

Minimally invasive rhinology: treats the most advanced chronic sinusitis without the after-effects of traditional sinus surgery (including nasal packing and swelling of the eyes and face) that can keep patients out of work for up to three weeks. In addition, there are no stitches, septal splints or nasal packs used allowing most patients to return to work in a few days.

Sinuplasty (also known as balloon dilation technology): similar to angioplasty, sinuplasty balloons are used to enlarge the sinus drainage pathways without cutting any tissue. Compared to traditional surgery, most patients can return to work the next day without any evidence of the procedure.

*Dr. Catalano has performed nearly 1,000 sinuplasty procedures and is one of the most experienced surgeons performing this procedure in the world. In addition, he is currently doing pioneering work on a novel biodegradable drug eluting nasal and sinus dressing/stent which provides targeted drug delivery to nasal and sinus tissue while avoiding possible side effects to the entire body. This is another major advance as many patients are either allergic to medications, forget to take them, or develop unpleasant side effects.

Linguaflex: an alternative to CPAP, which many patients find confining and cumbersome, is a new technology for those suffering from sleep apnea caused by a large and/or flaccid tongue that obstructs their airway during sleep. Linguaflex is a simple yet effective elastic tongue piercing that supports the tongue while the patient sleeps. This small implantable elastic band is anchored by a t-bar under the tongue and a flange at the back of the tongue to support the tongue when muscle tone is lost during sleep. Because the band is elastic, it does not interfere with normal speech or swallowing. It can be placed/inserted within minutes and is completely reversible.

For more information, or help finding a doctor, call us at 617-789-5004 or contact us.

St. Elizabeth's Department of Otolaryngology
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, St. Margaret's Center 8
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