Christian Maike is like any other little three-year-old boy. He’s playful, rambunctious, and quick with a cute smile.
Except he’s not like just any other little three-year old boy. Christian was born two weeks early. He was born with nine holes in his heart. He had open-heart surgery when he was just three months old and weighed barely 10 pounds. ...
(Read more)He had ear tubes put in when he was 10 months old, and he had his adenoids removed at 15 months. And Christian has Down syndrome.
“Christian was an ear, nose and throat nightmare,” Jennie, Christian’s mother, says. “Those first few months, it felt like we were constantly in the hospital.”
The Maike’s contacted Dr. Melissa McBrien, M.D., FACS whois the Section Chief of Otolaryngology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. “His tonsils were very inflamed, and I knew they had to come out,” Dr. McBrien said.
With Christian’s history of chronic sinus infections, Dr. McBrien also thought he would benefit from Acclarent Inc.’s balloon sinuplasty procedure, an innovative way to dilate the sinus openings without changing the shape of the nose, resulting in relief from sinus symptoms.
“This procedure really improved the quality of life for Christian and overall for our family, Jennie says. “Now that he gets fewer infections, we can be out and about much more.”
“In my opinion, the balloon sinuplasty system is really innovative,” says Dr. McBrien. “It’s really changed the way we (doctors) look at sinus drainage and ventilation.”
For Christian, he’s happy he gets fewer infections and feels so much better. That quick smile and little giggle he likes to give tells you so.
Note: Results may vary.