Sinuwave Photodisinfection System to Augment Current Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty Procedures

When patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) are not responsive to medical therapy, they may be candidates for an endoscopic procedure that includes endoscopic sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty, or a hybrid of a combination of these two. Endoscopic sinus surgery involves identifying and removing blockages of the sinus passages using high definition cameras, monitors, and a host of tiny articulating instruments. The operation is commonly performed with a general anesthetic, with instruments that access the sinuses through the nose, and only involving incisions of the face for the most severe of conditions.

The combination of endoscopic procedures and Sinuwave may help improve patient outcomes with minimal tissue removal. Balloon sinuplasty is also a surgical intervention but operates on an entirely different principle. It uses a balloon on a wire catheter to attempt to dilate the sinus passageways, widening the walls of the sinus passageway with the goal of restoring normal drainage without permanently damaging the sinus lining. Side-effects such as scarring of sinus tissue is unlikely using sinuplasty, unlike with surgery, but both of these current procedures are unable to address the underlying cause, only the blockages.

Hybrid procedures, which are becoming more popular as a result of improved patient outcomes, deploy both surgery and sinuplasty. Whether hybrid, surgery or sinuplasty, patient results can be further improved by the addition of Sinuwave™ Photodisinfection technology to remove the fungal and bacterial biofilm infections as well as their virulence factors within the sinuses, in addition to inactivating the host inflammatory cytokines. This 3 prong advantage of Photodisinfection enables ENT’s the ability to clear out the source of infection, and not just remove the blockage of the sinus passages. By clearing out the sinus cavities with several logs of kill, the body has a greater chance of returning to better health and avoid long term pain.

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3 Responses to “Sinuwave Photodisinfection System to Augment Current Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty Procedures”

  1. Mark Franklin says:

    When will this photodisinfection technology be available? If its available now could you please e-mail me the name of an ENT who performs it?

  2. Karl Haebler says:

    Hey Mark, this product is currently undergoing clinical trials. It is scheduled for release in Europe and Canada in the second quarter of next year, but will be released in the USA much later (due to the more lengthy FDA approval process). Hope this helps.

  3. dr vijay chourdia says:

    if approved,it will b interesting to know how effective it will b.

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