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MMC physician conducts research for treatment of chronic sinusitis

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William Gross, M.D., is an Otolaryngologist (ENT) at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. Dr. Gross is conducting research with the use of balloon sinuplasty for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

The treatment option is an alternative to invasive surgery, as the procedure takes place in the office using a local anesthetic. Further, the procedure involves no pain, bleeding, or recovery time.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?
One of the most prevalent chronic illnesses in the United States, chronic sinusitis affects all age groups. Chronic in this case means that the condition lasts for twelve or more weeks. The nasal airway becomes inflamed, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. This often leads to pressure or pain in the face and a runny nose or nasal drip. Chronic sinusitis can stem from allergies, environmental pollution, cystic fibrosis, and acid reflux.

How Does the Procedure Work?
Conventional sinus surgery involves the removal of bone or tissue from inside the nose. However, balloon sinuplasty is far less invasive as it uses a small tube that is inserted into the sinus cavity. This method has been used to treat sinusitis for a few years, but Dr. Gross is using the procedure with an added approach. He uses the tube to apply a topical steroid treatment to specific sinus areas. A topical application means that the steroid never enters the blood stream. Most people are familiar with topical steroid treatments in the form of creams used to treat skin irritations and other solutions such as eye drops.

Dr. Gross performs the procedure on adults in his office with the use of a local anesthetic. He also performs the procedure on children, but this is done under general anesthesia.

“My results have turned out much better than I hoped for,” said Dr. Gross. “All of the patients that received the treatment have had great results and are highly pleased.”

The point of the research is to create a minimally invasive technique that is more effective for patients with more significant sinusitis that might otherwise require surgical treatment. “The goal here is to avoid surgery,” added Dr. Gross.

“The patients I have treated with this procedure don’t need to take time off work for recovery and feel no pain.”
Dr. Gross is no stranger to the field of pioneering minimally invasive sinus surgery techniques, tackling similar research and applications even during medical school. Additionally, he pioneered advances in endoscopic sinus surgery to help patients avoid external approaches to the frontal and other sinuses. Dr. Gross has taught other physicians sinus surgery techniques at numerous universities and conferences. He is also one of the first physicians in the state trained in Transoral Robotic surgery.

To learn more about Dr. Gross and his research or to schedule an appointment, visit mmclinic.com or call (615) 867-8110.

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