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Taking Charge of Your Health


RELIEF USUALLY MEANS MEDICATIONS AND BREATHING STRIPS. MAYBE EVEN SURGERY. BUT DR. MAX GOMEZ SAYS THERE’S A NEW EASIER APPROACH. Reporter: LINDA WELLS TRIED EVERYTHING TO TREAT HER CHRONIC SINUS SYMPTOMS. ANTIBIOTICS, ALLERGY PILLS. Reporter: BUT IT WASN’T ALLERGIES. THE PROBLEM WAS THE SHAPE OF HER NASAL CAVITY. TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE SINUS PAIN AND INFLAMMATION DUE TO NASAL OBSTRUCTIONS. OFTEN, THAT TAKES SURGERY TO FIX. BUT EXPERTS ARE STUDYING HOW A NEW NONINVASIVE PROCEDURE CAN MODIFY AIR FLOW AND IMPROVE SYMPTOMS LIKE CHRONIC CONGESTION, FATIGUE AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING. THIS IS GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE A NASAL VALVE COLLAPSE. ALSO, PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE SIGNIFICANT DEVIATION OR OTHER ISSUES THAT’S CAUSING THE NASAL OBSTRUCTION. Reporter: INSTEAD OF PAINFUL SURGERY TO REMOVE BONE OR TISSUE IN THE NASAL CAVITY, THE OBSTRUCTIONS ARE GENTLY REDUCED THROUGH A WAND THAT TARGETS ENERGY TOWARD THE AFFECTED TISSUE, NO GENERAL ANESTHESIA AND NO LONG RECOVERY. IT’S AN OFFICE PROCEDURE THAT TAKES A FEW MINUTES. AND PATIENTS CAN LEAVE THE OFFICE AND GO BACK TO WORK. Reporter: BY USING A COMPUTER SIMULATION OF AIR FLOW THROUGH THE NASAL PASSAGE, THE DOCTOR MEASURES HOW A LITTLE CHANGE IN THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN A PATIENT’S BREATHING RESULTS THAT HAVE ALLOWED LINDA TO FINALLY ENJOY SPRING DAYS OUTSIDE. I FEEL LIKE I’LL BE ABLE TO DO THINGS. Reporter: UNLIKE TREATMENT OPTIONS LIKE MEDICATIONS OR BREATHING STRIPS, THESE RESULTS ARE PERMANENT. THE FDA RECENTLY APPROVED THE NONINVASIVE PROCEDURE MAKING

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