Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dr. Joseph M. Scianna joins Loyola; will co-direct Nasal Sinus Center

Brings extensive experience in sinus, anti-snoring treatments

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Anti-snoring expert Dr. Joseph M. Scianna has joined Loyola University Health System as instructor, department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood.

He will co-direct Loyola’s Nasal Sinus Center. Scianna is trained in the Pillar® Procedure, the new nonsurgical snoring treatment that requires only local sedation and is done on an outpatient basis. More than 90 million people in the United States snore and an estimated 37 million of these are chronic snorers.

Snoring can interfere not only with the individual’s sleep, but may also disrupt the sleep of those nearby.

To silence the sounds of snoring—generated by vibrating tissues in the mouth and throat—three matchstick-sized polyester “pillars” are inserted into the roof of the mouth. The pillars stabilize the tissue which reduces vibration. Patients do not feel the pillars. Talking and swallowing are not affected.

The procedure also is FDA-approved for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea, where breathing stops hundreds of times each night because relaxed fatty tissues in the mouth and throat block air flow.

Scianna specializes in sinus, nasal and sleep disorders as well as allergies. He is trained and certified in balloon sinusplasty, the procedure in which a balloon is inflated within the sinuses to clear them.

Although this procedure has become the latest “trend,” balloon sinusplasty is appropriate only for 5 to 10 percent of patients. Most candidates for this procedure are people who have simple sinus problems related to a narrowed sinus drainage area. The procedure requires actual surgery and the use of radiation.

Loyola’s Nasal Sinus Center offers comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus problems, including post-nasal drip, blocked nasal breathing, nasal drainage, headaches and forehead pain. Patients need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Many sinus problems can be treated with medication and do not require any procedure.

Scianna will see patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center on the Loyola University Medical Center campus, Maywood; Loyola Ambulatory Surgery Center at Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace; and Loyola’s Center for Health at Hickory Hills. Scianna is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; the American Rhinologic Society; and the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

To schedule an appointment with a Loyola physician, call toll-free (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 71000.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.