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Image-Guided Nasal Surgery at Methodist Charlton Offers Advanced Solution to Traditional Surgery

DALLAS — As the cook in her family, bank employee and DeSoto resident Demetris Alexander had a serious problem when she lost her sense of smell. "A cook relies on her sense of smell as well as taste when preparing food," she says. "But the recurring polyps and fungus in my nose interfered with that and the problem wouldn't seem to go away."

Methodist Charlton patient Demetris
Alexander says sinus surgery with the ENT
navigation system was life-changing.
After having another procedure performed without long-term success, Alexander was referred to an independently practicing otolaryngologist (ENT) specialist at Methodist Charlton Medical Center who uses the advanced technology of an ENT navigation system. Using the ENT navigation system, the physician was able to clearly see and remove the fungus and mold growing inside her nasal cavity. Alexander says this surgery was different from one she had previously. "I was able to breathe through my nose right away," she says. "There was very little drainage afterwards, and no bandages or packing," says Alexander. "My recuperation was faster and easier." Alexander adds that the staff at Methodist Charlton was "absolutely great. The nurse was so sweet and made me feel so comfortable. It warmed the hearts of me and my mother."

Chung-En Huang, MD, an independently practicing otolaryngologist on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, says the advanced image-guided technology is much more accurate and safer for the patient. "Before this latest technology, surgeons had to study x-rays to determine how the images corresponded to the patient's body. In addition, the infrared light used in traditional surgery could be blocked by instruments during surgery, obstructing the surgeon's view on the screen. The ENT navigation system uses an electromagnetic field that does not have those limitations." Dr. Huang says the innovative ENT navigation system is similar to a global positioning system in that it provides real-time images of the unique anatomy of each patient in precise three-dimensional detail. The technology helps the surgeon locate the best place to navigate to the sinuses for exact removal of diseased tissue while avoiding critical areas.

The images can also be merged and manipulated to provide an extremely high level of detail. For the patient, the advanced technology means shorter operating times, briefer hospital stays, and smaller incisions, all of which improve patient outcomes.

Thanks to the ENT navigation system, Alexander is able to breathe freely and once again do the cooking she enjoys. "I'm making my children's favorites," she says. "Enchiladas, Spanish rice and beans."

Note to editor: Photo available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/DemetrisAlexander

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.   Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org.

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Lynette Wilkinson

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.


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