DeKALB – Sinus pain that lasts less than two weeks and is associated with a cold or allergy attack can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications. But sinus pain that won’t quit, along with coughing, fatigue, and an all-over feeling of illness may indicate sinusitis.
More than 37 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with sinusitis each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that sinusitis affects about 14 percent of adult Americans, who spend millions of dollars on medications trying to find relief. The pain of sinusitis can cause absence from work, difficulty sleeping, and can sometimes last for weeks.
Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb is one of the first hospitals in Illinois to own and operate a new medical device, Acclarent Cyclops, a state-of-the-art surgical scope used to treat difficult sinus conditions.
“This innovative scope allows us to rotate our view into the nose and inside the sinuses by 90 degrees to each side, which allows the surgeon an exceptional field of view. It’s like peripheral vision,” said otolaryngologist Joseph M. Scianna. “The improved visualization during sinus surgery helps us resolve issues more quickly and easily.”
The device allows surgeons to see every view of the sinus anatomy. It can verify CT scans, see around corners to optimize surgery, and do the job of three or four other scopes.