Gwinnett Medical Center Relieves Patients Under Pressure

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Frontal View of Woman Sinuses

Sinusitis, nasal polyps and rhinitis: all too familiar terms for chronic sinus sufferers.# Living with these conditions can take a serious toll on an individual, especially in terms of their ability to comfortably breathe, sleep and live an active life.

Those sinus sufferers living “under pressure”# have traditionally been limited to two treatment options: conventional sinus surgery or medical therapy, such as antibiotics. The good news – Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) now offers minimally invasive Sinus Solutions, including Acclarent”s Balloon Sinuplasty”# technology and Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS), to help patients regain their vitality one breath at a time.

Acclarent”s Balloon Sinuplasty”# is a FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The technology uses a small, flexible, balloon to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. Acclarent”s Balloon Sinuplasty”# technology decreases the risk of infection, reduces post-operative pain and delivers results with a fast recovery time.

“Balloon Sinuplasty provides sinus sufferers with a safe, fast and impactful solution to improve their breathing and overall quality of life,”# notes Michael Pickford, MD, an otolaryngologist with GMC. As Pickford explains, “the simplistic nature of the procedure, modeled after balloon angioplasty, opens the sinus cavity, allowing for normal airflow and relief from sinus pain and pressure.”#

Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is another minimally invasive outpatient procedure used in the treatment of many nasal and sinus conditions. The endoscope is a small rigid tube with a lens at one end and a camera, linked to a monitor, at the other end. The endoscope is inserted into the nose to view the nasal cavity and sinuses. Using a magnified computer image, this technology allows the surgeon to view and remove diseased tissue without damaging healthy surrounding tissue.

“Endoscopic surgery typically preserves more surrounding tissue than traditional open surgery,”# offers Donald G. Browning, MD, an otolaryngologist with GMC. Browning further notes that, “the magnified computer imaging gives surgeons better visibility in guiding the surgical instruments around vital structures, making this procedure highly effective in addressing nasal polyps, nasal obstructions, a deviated septum and additional sinus conditions.”#

With services available at both GMC – Lawrenceville and GMC – Duluth, local sinus sufferers can start to breathe easier. To learn more about Gwinnett Medical Center”s Sinus Solutions please visit and for referrals call 678-312-5000.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC”s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit or follow us at, or

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