First image-guided balloon sinus surgery in East Central Indiana performed at Rush Memorial Hospital

First image-guided balloon sinus surgery in East Central Indiana performed at Rush Memorial Hospital

(Rushville, IN) – Rush Memorial Hospital—The newly opened Rush ENT clinic, staffed by board certified Otolaryngologists (ENTs) Drs. Allison & Mark Royer, MD, offers a wide range of innovative, FDA approved procedures to help patients find sinus relief.  Recently, the Drs. Royer performed the first Image-guided balloon sinuplasty surgery in the Region.

“I am thrilled to be performing these cutting-edge procedures at Rush Memorial Hospital,” says Dr. Mark Royer, MD, MBA.  “This procedure allows us to safely provide sinus relief with easy and quick post-operative recovery. Many patients who have suffered for years are now able to receive the safest, most effective, and most advanced care available.”

Balloon sinus dilation is a clinically-proven option that instantly improves sinus sufferers’ quality of life.  Patients who have been taking too many medications or antibiotics to treat painful chronic sinus infection symptoms, may be a candidate for the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis without cutting or nasal packing, Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activity with quick recovery time.

The technology at RMH includes a balloon dilation system which has been designed, tested, and integrated to work with image guidance (IGS) technology called the Fusion® ENT Navigation System. This displays a visual map of a patient’s sinus anatomy. It works like GPS in a car or phone—to help guide and place the balloon device.

“During the minimally invasive surgery which may be performed in the office or Operating Room, this navigation technology helps us to precisely steer the balloon to the place where sinuses are blocked,” explains Allison Royer, MD, “We then inflate the balloon at the precise location to reshape the tissue and bone to clear the sinus pathway.”


The Drs. Royer have been impressed with the innovative vision of RMH leadership.  Brad Smith, President and CEO and Joyce Geis, VP of Provider Practices have been clear in their desire to bring the highest quality care and best surgical technology and procedures to the community of Rushville.  Their support has allowed us to offer the full range of Ear, Nose, and Throat care to our patients—ENT care that is unrivaled anywhere in the state,” says Mark Royer.

“I am very pleased to provide this ENT specialty to our patients and community,” said Smith.  “Drs. Mark and Allison Royer’s expertise in their field will provide a much needed service, close to home.”

Rush ENT is a specialty clinic of Rush Memorial Hospital.  The Drs. Royer are accepting new patients of all ages suffering from chronic nasal and sinus problems.

For more information about Rush ENT or to schedule an appointment with the Drs. Royer, please call 765-932-7063 or visit