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NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) – Sinus surgery with high-tech navigation. It’s similar to a GPS system and until recently, it was only offered in hospitals.
Now it’s down to a small computer and benefiting patients like Eric Fleisch.
He is under local anesthesia, awake for the in-office sinus procedure at Connecticut ENT Sinus and Allergy in Norwalk.
Dr. Robert Weiss is his surgeon.
“We’re doing a sort of a combination procedure of a balloon sinus dialation of the sinuses but we are also doing some polyp and tissue removal as well,” says Dr. Weiss.
His patient deals with sinus infections all year round.
Eric explains, “My sinuses fill up. They don’t drain. It gets infected.”
He wants a permanent solution for a number of reasons, “Well sleeping, the pain, the sinus infection, the drainage. You can’t constantly take antibiotics and decongestant tablets.”
To get the job done, Dr. Weiss relies on a navigation technology that is more compact that it can be used in an office setting. He is the first in the state to do it as an in-office procedure.
He says, “Fiagon is sort of the latest in development of this technology.”
The system allows him to operate and see exactly where he is in real time using Eric’s CT scan.
“It’s like a little dot on a map. So we’re using a CT scan as a map. The little dot with the little crosshairs is showing us exactly where we are,” says Dr. Weiss.
So that polyps, causing the blockage of Eric’s sinuses, can be easily removed. All done in his office.
Dr. Weiss points to the monitor, “That’s the culprit. So wherever you see that white fleshy versus this nice pink tissue, that’s the abnormal disease that literally blocks the sinuses.”
The biggest benefit, fine tuning patient safety for routine in-office practices.
Dr. Weiss says, “We can do things in a very safe manner because we know exactly where we are working. We know exactly where our instrument is at all times.”
For patients like Eric, a shorter procedure time.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes with patients usually able to get back to normal activity later in the day.
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