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Dr. Timothy Kaiser, otolaryngologist at ENT of Oklahoma and Southwestern Medical Center, performs a balloon sinuplasty on Joy Hicks, who has suffered from a chronic sinus condition for years. The procedure opens the sinuses and relieves the painful symptoms that don't respond well to medications.

Balloon procedure opens up stubborn sinuses

Joy Hicks was just about to give up the medications for her allergies because she still had problems breathing when Dr. Timothy Kaiser mentioned another option.

One of the options that Kaiser, an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat doctor at ENT of Oklahoma, suggested was using a tiny balloon to enlarge her sinus passages. The procedure, balloon sinuplasty by Entellus Medical, which has only been around for about four years, is done in the doctor's office under local anesthesia.

Hicks had the procedure on Jan. 14 after suffering for years from almost year-round allergies and chronic sinusitis.

"It was a vicious circle, (the two conditions) fed off each other ... I had constant sinus infections and it made me feel bad all the time ... it was a matter of which came first, the chicken or the egg," she said.

The Lawton Constitution

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