Augusta Otolaryngologist Dr. Andy Wells  specializes in disorders and conditions of the ear, nose and throat.

Balloon technology for treating chronic sinusitis, which affects 29 million Americans

Many sinus patients spend decades in a miserable cycle of nasal steroids, antibiotics and decongestants.

And when the drugs fail, the usual endoscopic sinus surgery requires a general anesthetic and a painful week-long recovery.

What Dr, Wells is doing instead is a minimally invasive office procedure that uses a catheter and “sinus balloon” device to open sinus pathways.

The procedure takes about 20 minutes under a local anesthetic, and most patients experience immediate relief and return to full normal activities within 48 hours.