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New medical procedure in Cenla

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- There's a new procedure being done in Cenla that is changing the way ear, nose, and throat doctors treat habitual sinus sufferers. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton takes a look at the balloon sinuplasty in this medical report.

Buford King has been suffering from allergies for nearly 25 years. From a stuffy nose to watery eyes to painful headaches- he's experienced it all.

"I'm allergic to every grass there is in Louisiana," says Buford King.

But after today it's likely King may never experience a sinus infection again thanks to a procedure known as balloon sinuplasty.

"Hopefully it'll be over with and I can breathe," adds King.

The procedure has been around for a few years, but thanks to advancements in technology it can now be done in the doctor's office instead of the hospital. The doctors at Red River ENT are among some of the first in Cenla to do it.

"This is one of the first things in a long time that has really been a game changer," says Dr. Renick Webb.

After numbing the sinus area, Dr. Webb inserts a small balloon into each sinus cavity, inflates it, and takes it back out.

"You're not removing tissue you're moving tissue over permanently with the balloon so you're dilating those sinus openings to let them flow properly," says Webb.

For 95% of those receiving the sinuplasty- it will be a permanent fix to allergy problems. King noticed a difference immediately.

"I can breathe easier now then when he first started because I was still semi-plugged I guess," adds King.

It's an innovative medical procedure that allows allergy sufferers here in Cenla to pay a visit to the doctor- often for the very last time.

"The recovery is very quick and get a really good result," adds Dr. Webb.

The procedure only takes about ten minutes and patients can return to work the next day. It will be a few weeks before Dr. Webb can tell for sure if Buford King's allergy problems are cured for good.

For more information about the balloon sinuplasty visit: www.redriversinuscenter.com

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