A doctor who is new to Mount Airy is hoping to save many folks from suffering through another allergy season.
Dr. Barry Ellis recently joined the team at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Ellis, an ear, nose and throat doctor, began practicing at the hospital in October. He offers a procedure known as balloon sinuplasty.
Sinusitis affects about 37 million people in the United States, according to Darin Bergstein, who represents a company which produces the equipment for the procedure. Many North Carolina residents suffer from allergy and sinus issues.
Bergstein noted that in the past those who suffered from sinusitis had to rely on medication for temporary relief or on a surgery known as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, which is an extensive procedure which requires bone and tissue removal to open blocked sinus passageways.
The procedure Ellis offers is far less invasive, according to Bergstein. A balloon catheter is used to dilate the passageway. The sinuplasty can be performed using local anesthesia.
Bergstein believes the procedure Ellis performs is changing the lives of patients who suffer from allergy and sinus problems.
Though Ellis is new to Mount Airy, he’s not new to ear, nose and throat surgery, according to the doctor’s biography. He became a board-certified surgeon in 1985, and he founded Boone Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in 1990.
Ellis received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for the state of North Carolina for his contributions to education in the state in 2005.
Ellis earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. He completed his undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is planned for Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The two-hour event will take place at Ellis’s office located at 708 S. South St. in Mount Airy.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.