A small balloon that inflates in the nose to relieve blocked sinuses and headaches is set to be deployed on the NHS.
Hospitals across England will have access to the gadget, along with seven other new devices from next week.
The Stryker XprESS handheld device is designed to inflate a balloon inside a patient’s nose to treat chronic sinusitis, when an infection causes a painful stuffy nose for more than three months.
It helps clear the nose by removing blockages and costs up to £1,250.
The NHS has also ordered six other gadgets, including a steam device that can shrink enlarged prostates, avoiding the need for long and complicated surgeries.
The gadgets will save the health service £57.5million a year over the cost of alternative procedures, according to NHS England.
There is also a portable drainage device to help patients recover faster from heart and lung problems by suctioning fluid from the chest using different air pressures.
And people with sickle cell disease will be placed on an automated blood cell replacement system.
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard praised the new devices at a board meeting today, saying saving time to treat conditions will allow medics to clear the Covid backlog faster .
A small balloon that inflates in the nose to relieve blocked sinuses and headaches is set to be deployed on the NHS. Pictured: Stryker XprESS handheld device
The Stryker XprESS handheld device is designed to inflate a balloon inside a patient’s nose to treat chronic sinusitis, a condition in which an infection causes a stuffy nose for more than three months.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis occurs when the spaces inside your nose and head (sinuses) are swollen and inflamed for three months or more, despite treatment.
This common condition interferes with the way mucus normally drains and makes your nose stuffy.
Breathing through your nose can be difficult, and the area around your eyes may feel swollen or tender.
Chronic sinusitis can be caused by an infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps), or swelling in the lining of your sinuses.
Also called chronic rhinosinusitis, the condition can affect both adults and children.
Source: Mayo Clinic
She said: ‘The NHS has always been at the forefront of medical innovation and although many of these gadgets are small they will make a huge difference to the lives of tens of thousands of patients each year and free up time for the NHS . Staff.
“From a tiny balloon that can ride up your nose to get rid of sinus pain to a jet of steam that can shrink an enlarged prostate – these cutting-edge devices show how the NHS is embracing the latest life-changing technology and rolling it out at speed for patients across the country.
“NHS staff are working hard to deal with Covid backlogs, and technology can really help us move forward on the road to recovery.”
Chronic sinusitis is sinus swelling that lasts longer than 12 weeks.
It affects around 110,000 people in England and symptoms include pain, stuffy nose, reduced sense of smell and headache.
Patients will be given a “dental-like” appointment to clear blockages using the device and can go home just two hours after arriving at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Rezum’s 20-minute prostate steam treatment will offer the 4 million men who suffer from enlarged glands every year in England an alternative to expensive treatments.
John Ford, 69, lost control of his bladder due to prostate problems but saw his condition improve after receiving the steam treatment at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
He said: “I was getting antisocial – we turned down a lot of invitations to go to things.
“Ultimately, I opted for this procedure – it was minimally invasive, side-effect free and extraordinarily quick.”
“My quality of life used to be pretty poor, but now it’s changed a lot.”
Rezum prostate steamer will offer the four million men who suffer from enlarged glands in England each year an alternative to expensive treatments
Thopaz portable chest drainage device will help chest and lung patients recover faster from ailments
Another gadget – PLASMA – which seals wounds while making cuts during surgery will also be offered to people being treated for an enlarged prostate
Patients with sickle cell disease will be able to have their affected blood cells replaced with healthy cells from a donor with the Spectra Optia device
Another gadget – PLASMA – which seals wounds while making cuts during surgery will also be offered to people being treated for an enlarged prostate.
And Urolift, which uses small implants to prevent the gland from blocking the flow of urine, will also be offered to patients with an enlarged prostate.
And GreenLight non-invasive laser treatment will provide a fourth option for these patients.
Meanwhile, patients with sickle cell disease will be able to have their affected blood cells replaced with healthy cells from a donor with the Spectra Optia device.
And the Thopaz Portable Chest Drainage Device will help chest and lung patients recover from ailments faster.
Matt Whitty, Director of Innovation, Research and Life Sciences at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “These seven medical technologies and the four already supported by policy are improving and saving lives.
“Through research and innovation, we can improve patient outcomes and by helping patients and providers have equal access to transformative innovations and technologies.
“And by removing barriers to adoption, we will reduce health inequities and improve equity of access for all, and especially patients from disproportionately affected groups.”