AV Hospital to host free lecture on new option for sinus patients

LANCASTER – A clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation is now available at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), and will be presented in a free health education lecture given by Ruwanthi Campano, M.D. on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Campano will discuss “Balloon Sinuplasty™,” which is a new procedure that uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the United States, affecting 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue and other symptoms. This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional and emotional quality of life.

“This latest advancement in sinus treatment, Balloon Sinuplasty™, is phenomenal,” says Ruwanthi Campano, M.D., an otolaryngologist on staff at Antelope Valley Hospital. “Chronic sinus sufferers can now look forward to relief without all the prior risks and pain.”

Traditionally, sinusitis patients could choose between two treatment options: antibiotics and topical nasal steroids or conventional sinus surgery. With the new Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure, a small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

“Antelope Valley Hospital continues to enhance patient care by offering innovative procedures such as Balloon Sinuplasty™,” says Edward Mirzabegian, Antelope Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This lecture is designed to help educate our community members so they can break the cycle of recurring symptoms and improve their quality of life.”

Dr. Campano will discuss the Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure at the AVH health education lecture on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. It will be held at 44105 15th Street West (the corner of Avenue J-5 and 15th Street West), on the 4th floor, in Conference Room 15, in Lancaster.

To reserve a seat, please call (661) 726-6499 or send an e-mail to communityrelations@avhospital.org. Please leave your name, contact number, and number of guests attending the lecture.