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Sinuses unblocked by inflating balloon


Joanne Colyer has suffered from terrible headaches for the past six months. She was offered pioneering surgery to relieve the pain caused by her blocked sinuses.

The technology uses a tiny balloon that is put up the nose via a flexible tube and then slowly inflated to release the blockage and widen the passage.

Claire Hopkins, a rhinology fellow at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, performed the operation.


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