Patients Can Breathe Easy: New Procedure Helps Improve Nasal Airflow

Non-invasive procedure has surgery-like results to improve sinus symptoms

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Sinus pain and inflammation affects tens of millions of Americans every year. Traditionally, treatment options have been limited to medication, breathing strips, or invasive, painful surgeries with lengthy recovery periods. But experts are testing a new, non-invasive approach to sinus procedures that could help patients with chronic nasal symptoms.

In a new clinical trial, Dr. Brad Otto, an ENT-Otolaryngologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is studying how this non-invasive approach can provide surgery-like results. “It opens up the nasal valve to really improve airflow,” says Otto. “People are impressed with the change it’s causing and the results they’re experiencing.”

By using a computer simulation of airflow through the nasal passage, Otto can measure how a small change in the physical structure of the nasal cavity can make a big difference in how a patient feels about their breathing. Instead of a painful removal of bone or tissue, nasal obstructions are gently reduced by targeting energy towards the affected tissue. Performed in doctor’s office under local anesthesia, the procedures take only 15 minutes and the results are permanent. “Our goal is to determine what makes patients happy with their nasal airflow,” says Otto. “This procedure can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life.”

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Linda Wells and her husband Paul walk in the park. Linda was part of a clinical trial at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that used a non-invasive approach to treat her chronic nasal symptoms.

Dr. Brad Otto looks at scans of airflow through the nasal cavity. A clinical trial is evaluating a new non-invasive approach to sinus procedures that gives surgery-like results, improving patient airflow and overall quality of life.

Linda Wells smells the flowers on a dogwood tree. She’s part of a new clinical trial at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that is studying how a non-invasive approach to sinus surgery can help improve nasal airflow.

Dr. Brad Otto uses a non-invasive sinus procedure on a patient. A new clinical trial at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is examining how the new approach to sinus procedures can help patients with chronic symptoms improve their nasal airflow.

Linda Wells was part of a new clinical trial that used a non-invasive approach to help patients with chronic nasal symptoms. The trial measures how this approach increases airflow through the nasal passages and improves patient quality of life.