Sinus Surgery

  • Sinus SurgeryMemorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga., was the first hospital in the region to offer the innovative Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent, Inc., for sinus surgery. This breakthrough technique brings relief and a restored quality of life to people who suffer from chronic sinusitis.

    Frederick Kuhn, M.D., of the Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute, helped develop Balloon Sinuplasty technology. He and his partner, Christopher Melroy, M.D., were the first physicians in Savannah to perform the procedure, and both are actively involved in training physicians from around the country and the world on this innovative technique.

    Understanding Sinusitis
    Sinusitis occurs when the sinus cavities in the face become infected. It is one of the most common health problems in the United States, affecting tens of millions of people every year. The symptoms of sinusitis can be very uncomfortable and include:

    • Facial pain, pressure, congestion, or fullness
    • Difficulty breathing through the nose
    • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
    • Dental pain
    • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Bad breath

    xxample of sinus surgery equipmentSinusitis is typically treated with antibiotics. Sinus infections that occur frequently or last more than three months may be chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty is a surgical technique that can relieve the symptoms of sinusitis.

    About Balloon Sinuplasty™
    Balloon Sinuplasty technology allows sinus surgery to be performed with a tiny, flexible catheter (shown to the right) that is placed into the sinuses through the nose. A small balloon on the end of the catheter is gradually inflated to gently open and restructure blocked nasal passages. The lining of the sinus is maintained and normal drainage and function are restored. Many patients are able to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty system is a safe and effective tool in dilating blocked sinuses.

    Learn More
    Get more information, find frequently asked questions, and watch a video about Balloon Sinuplasty by Acclarent.

    Contact Us
    To request an appointment or more information, call 912-350-2647.