Jim, 56, has suffered with chronic sinusitis, or inflammation of the nasal sinuses, for years. He undergoes a cutting-edge functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to cure his condition.
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Sinusitis Surgery Male: The following program contains images of and actual surgical procedure. These images are graphic and may be disturbing. Parents are advised that these images may not be suitable for young children. Travis Stork: We’re back talking about easy fixes for common problems and if you’d ever had a runny nose that just won’t go away or constant sinus pain and congestion, there is hope. Our next guest Jim suffered for years before undergoing a cutting-edge surgery just two days ago. Jim: I’ve had problems with my sinuses as long as I can I remember. The last several years had been the worst of my sinuses. There are times in bed that I have no alternative but just to breath in my mouth. That is the worst, always fearing that I’m not getting enough air that I’ve tried over-the-counter medicine, prescriptions inhalers. The problem with my sinuses, it affected my life in various ways. If I don’t have a full breath then my heart starts to count. I haven’t been able to visit my daughter or my grandchild because they live in an area with pollen, just -- it’ll explode in my nose. I can’t visit them and it breaks my heart. I’m looking forward to do the things I enjoy and getting my life back. Female: So this is our Brain Lab unit. It functions as a GPS for the sinuses. You’d virtually collect points of anatomy over the purpose of the patient’s face. For now, it’s just -- the match is good, we’re all fit to go. So now, I’m inserting the endoscope into the nose. See these lobular structures that’s actually nasal polyps. It’s not normal to have this inside the nasal cavities. So the next step is we’re going to systematically clear the nasal cavity. Now, I’m just opening up the drainage pathway of the sinus so that he will be able to breathe better. Here I am placing the hydrogen breather into the nose and you power your irrigation tool. It’s basically like a water gun for the sinuses. So this is what the sinus looks like now that it’s cleared out and you can see what a difference it was when we first look, there are polyp blocking everything. I expect him to feel significantly better after this. With the breathing she’d be much better. I would anticipate that he’s overall quality of life could be improved as well.
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