Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Host Outreach Program on Sinus Conditions, Treatments

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In support of National Sinus Pain Awareness Month, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will host an outreach program designed to educate patients about treatment options in otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care. Slated for March 31, 6pm in Flagler Hospital’s Osceola Conference Room, this interactive program details all the latest innovations in treating chronic sinusitis for those with sinus disease, allergies, and related illnesses.

Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that sinus problems are are among the leading causes for children and adults to stay home from school or work. Consider these statistics:

  • Upward of 28.5 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with sinusitis each year – a figure that represents nearly 13 percent of the nation’s adult population.
  • Some 11.7 million visits to physician’s offices result in a primary diagnosis of chronic sinusitis each year.
    In 2012, 17.6 million US adults (7.5 percent) and 6.6 million children (9 percent) were diagnosed with hay fever.
  • That same year 7.8 million children (10.6 percent) suffered respiratory allergies.
  • Worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 50 percent.

Dr. DePasquale specializes in technologically-advanced procedures for treating sinusitis and related conditions, including Balloon Sinuplasty™, a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision; and PROPEL®, a dissolvable, spring-like steroid-releasing implant designed to prop open the sinuses after surgery. She is a sought-after speaker on a myriad of ear, nose and throat issues, plus skin care topics. She speaks on behalf of multiple medical device manufacturers, is an expert for the American Osteopathic Association and serves as a faculty member at The Sinus Forum, a series of conference-style events featuring otolaryngologists from across the nation.

This free-of-charge event is open to the public and includes light refreshments. Flagler Hospital is located at 400 Health Park Blvd.in St. Augustine. Find out more at www.saent.net or by calling 904-461-6060.

3 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Patients About Balloon Sinuplasty

Did you know that up to 37 million people each year suffer from sinusitis, making the condition more prevalent than heart disease and asthma? Sinusitis can be characterized by facial pain or pressure, difficulty of breathing through the nose, and headaches. It’s triggered by the swelling of sinus walls that line a patient’s cheek bones, forehead, and upper face.

In many typical sinusitis cases, anti-biotics and/or steroids are prescribed to help reduce swelling and re-open the sinus pathways. However, at least 20% of patients don’t respond to medication as chronic sinusitis is becoming more common, the treatment of which involves some form of surgery.

While traditional sinusitis surgery uses needles to remove facial bone and tissue, medical device technology has advanced to incorporate minimally-invasive procedures that offer patients a more comfortable, effective option. It’s called Balloon Sinuplasty, and it’s a simple process that gently restructures and expands the sinus passageways permanently.

Here are 3 of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Balloon Sinulplasty procedure asked by our patients in the St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat office. (When you’re finished with our blog, check out our educational video on Balloon Sinuplasty as well.)

How does it work?
The Balloon Sinuplasty system is made of up an inner-connected collection of FDA-cleared catheter devices. These devices use tiny, minimally-invasive rods and balloons that are inserted into the naval cavities and are designed to reach the inflamed passageways that are causing the sinusitis. Over the course of the surgery (typical procedures last around 1 hour), the balloons are systematically inflated to gently reduce blockage and restoring the opening.

How do passageways stay open?
When gradually inflated, the balloons softly move the surrounding bones and tissue that encompass the blocked sinus passageway outward, re-opening the cavity without the need to remove or destroy facial bones and tissue.

What qualifies a physician to perform the Balloon Sinuplasty?
Otolaryngologists, or in other words physicians who specialize in ear, nose, and throat disorders, must be trained and educated prior to performing or offering Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in their practice. The devices are manufactured by Acclarent, Inc, a developer of innovation ENT solutions for patients and physicians.

Physicians must all be educated on the inclusive Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty program that covers all of Acclarent’s medical balloon device technology.

In addition, ENT physicians who are interested in incorporating the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure in their practice will also need to apply and register with the company’s Evolve Professional Education Program, a comprehensive training and educational series conducted at medical centers all over the country.

Each course consists of didactic presentations, filmed case studies, hands-on training, and surgical observation. The course is taught by Master Trainers, ENT physicians who are highly trained and experienced with the devices and the procedure.

Dr. Kalpana Depasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat has been a certified Master Trainer for the Evolve program designed and accredited by Acclarent for their Balloon Sinuplasty devices since January of 2011. She is involved in training and educating fellow Otolaryngologists on how to use this revolutionary technology. Learn more about Dr. DePasquale and her practice here.

Sources: Acclarent, Inc., Webmd.com, and St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat.
Photo Attribute: Balloon Synuplasty Overview by Acclarent