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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.

The Advantages of Sinuwave for Refractory Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Sinusitis is a disease in which the sinus cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed and swollen. When symptoms last for longer than12 weeks, the patient is described as suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).  Patients typically first seek medical therapy to alleviate their symptoms as well as trying to address the cause. However, 20% of patients are unresponsive to any of the medicines and continue to suffer from the debilitating symptoms associated with CRS.

There are roughly 22 million office visits and 500,000 emergency department visits in the United States alone relating to CRS, indicating that it is a major health concern. The treatment regimen usually consists of the prescription of broad spectrum antibiotics, corticosteroids, and saline nasal irrigation. This disease most commonly affects young and middle aged adults, but may affect other demographics as well. Common symptoms include nasal congestion, throbbing facial pain, fever, headaches, difficulty sleeping and sensations of swelling around the eyes and face.

Sinuwave™ Photodisinfection System offers a unique method of treatment which has several distinct advantages over both medical and surgical CRS treatments. Photodisinfection is a minimally invasive approach to eliminating the pathogens and inflammatory host response involved in the disease process.  Photodisinfection is a 2 step process involving the application of a photosensitizer which is then activated by non-thermal laser light generating singlet oxygen based molecules, or free radicals that are lethal to fungal spores, bacterial biofilms and their virulence factors while not harming human tissue.

The major advantages of Sinuwave™ Photodisinfection for CRS patients are:

* pain-free procedure not requiring anesthesia

* immediate patient relief,

* no antibiotics or developed resistances,

* no removal of tissues are involved,

* no patient compliance requirements

* ease of use

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