UK’s NICE Recommends Sinus Dilation System

February 8, 2017

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recommending the use of the Entellus Medical XprESS multi‑sinus dilation system for treating uncomplicated chronic sinusitis.

The system uses using balloon dilation to open narrowed or obstructed sinuses. In new guidance, NICE said the treatment leads to a rapid and sustained improvement in chronic symptoms, fewer acute episodes, and improved quality of life compared with endoscopic surgery.

XprESS should be considered in patients with uncomplicated chronic sinusitis who do not have severe nasal polyposis, the guidance states. In these patients, system works as well as alternative treatments, is associated with faster recovery times, and can more often be done under local anesthesia. — Jeff Kinney

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