A scalpel-free procedure clears sinuses and erases headaches in kids who suffer from chronic sinus problems.
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For Andre Martinez homework isn't a bore. It's the challenge that makes it fun every time. Andre Martinez: This is all about puzzles. You have to figure things out, what is the area of the base of the prism? For years Andre was the puzzle. He suffered from severe headaches that sometimes landed him in the emergency room. Andre Martinez: So I said I'll take some Tylenol and go to my room, shut the windows, close the door, just bury my head under the pillow. Trips to the pediatrician, neurologist and allergist offered no solutions. Michelle Martinez: We did know what to do for him. Finally the answer came from an ear, nose and throat doctor Andre's headaches were caused by sinus infections, which were worsened by his very small sinus openings. Because antibiotics didn't work he needed surgery. Surgeon used a new scalp free procedure to open up Andre's sinus. Mitchell Austin MD: We want to get the sinus to drain back down, back of their nose. A wire with a tiny balloon attached is threaded into the sinus opening. A balloon is inflated and held for 30 seconds widening the sinus cavity. The balloon and wire are then removed. The procedure requires no cutting or tissue removal would reduce bleeding and discomfort. Mitchell Austin MD: The children are usually the next stage jumping around and doing fine. Which was case for Andre. 8 month after surgery he is enjoying a migraine free life. Andre Martinez: I want to go to my room and close the blinds and everything, that I used to do. His medical puzzle is solved so now he can tackle his own. Andre Martinez: One, two, three, four, five times two. I am Casey Tyler reporting.