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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY February 2015 | Archived Issues

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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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Education Calendar - February 2015 (PDF)

Education Calendar - March 2015 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

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Sinus Center's Achievements Include March 28 Symposium

Martin L. Hopp, MD, PhD

The recent accomplishments of the Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center of Excellence include measuring surgical outcomes, outreach to physicians and patients, organizing a March 28 surgery symposium and participation in valuable studies.

The center's medical director is Martin L. Hopp, MD, PhD.

SNOT-22

The Sinus Center continually strives to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care by using quality measurement tools such as the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) and the Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Questionnaire. Patients are asked to complete a set of questions related to their illness before surgery and in three-, six- and 12-month intervals after surgery. According to the latest results, more than 88 percent of patients show improvement one year after surgery at the Sinus Center.

Physician Outreach Program

The Sinus Center hosts seven or eight continuing medical education conferences every year with lectures by world-renowned guest speakers, often physicians. Participants in these events include Sinus Center physicians, divisional physicians, allied healthcare professionals and operating room staff members. The Physician Outreach Program is designed to create a more consistent experience to help Sinus Center physicians and their staff members build and maintain collaborative interactions and open communication.

Patient Outreach Program

The Sinus Center hosted free monthly patient education forums last year. At each event, a Sinus Center physician discussed the latest diagnostic, treatment and management services for adult and pediatric patients, including balloon sinuplasty and other minimally invasive sinus procedures.

Sinus Symposium March 28

On Saturday, March 28, the Sinus Center will host the symposium "Sinus and Eustachian Tube Surgery: How I Do It." This continuing medical education program, which occurs every two years, is designed to inform participants about new developments in sinus surgery and other rapidly changing aspects of otolaryngological care. A group of national experts will present new findings that will be useful in physician practices.

Sleep Apnea Project

The Sinus Center is involved in a project helping patients who have had sleep apnea for years. Physicians implant a device known as the aura6000 system, which stimulates the hypoglossal nerve and muscles of the tongue, opening the upper airway during sleep. Using a remote control, patients can turn the device on and off and can recharge it wirelessly.

Elliot Study

The Sinus Center also is involved in the Elliot study, which is designed to determine if balloon dilatation of the eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the throat, is as effective as medical therapy in the treatment of eustachian tube disorder (failure of the tube to open properly). This randomized clinical study will measure the safety and efficacy of the eustachian tube balloon catheter.

OASIS

The Global Sinus Surgery Registry is a multicenter, nonrandomized, prospective study designed to capture two-year data on the effectiveness and safety of endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis. Known as OASIS, this will be one of the largest prospective collections of clinical outcomes for sinus surgery. Enrollment is expected to be a combined 2,000 subjects, age 18 or older, at up to 75 investigational sites worldwide, including the Sinus Center. Participants will be followed for two years after their procedure, with an in-office follow-up visit within four weeks of surgery. The purposes of the registry include assessing the long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes of sinus surgery, determining if any collected preoperative patient characteristics are associated with postoperative outcomes, and serving as a repository of data for economic analyses.