PROPEL sinus implants
What are PROPEL sinus implants?
The PROPEL implant is an adjunctive treatment to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) performed to widen the sinus passages. This procedure may be advisable for people suffering from chronic sinusitis, a condition that involves inflammation that prevents normal sinus drainage. The PROPEL implant, inserted at the conclusion of the FESS procedure, decreases the risk of complications such as new polyp growth, scarring, and infection from a non-absorbable stent. PROPEL is not a traditional stent; it is a spring-like device that releases a consistent dose of mometasone furoate to reduce post-surgical risks.
How does a PROPEL Sinus implant work?
The PROPEL sinus implant is clinically-proven to improve the outcome of FESS surgery for chronic sinusitis. The device is inserted to decrease inflammation and scarring after sinus surgery, which reduces the need for steroids and additional surgery. When placed in the sinus after surgery, the spring-like implant holds the ethmoid sinus open while simultaneously delivering anti-inflammatory medication directly to the lining of the sinus passage. The implant dissolves over time so does not require removal.
Who is a candidate for a PROPEL sinus implant?
The PROPEL sinus implant may be considered for patients who have not achieved adequate relief from nasal polyps or chronic sinusitis using conservative treatments. The implant may be recommended for:
- Chronic sinusitis of more than four months
- Multiple acute sinusitis flare-ups in a year
- History of nasal polyps
- Inadequate relief from conservative therapies
What are the benefits of a PROPEL sinus implant?
When used in conjunction with FESS surgery, the PROPEL sinus implant offers several advantages, such as:
- Maintained widening of the sinus passages after surgery
- Reduction of post-surgical inflammation and scarring
- Improved surgical success rate
- Reduced chances of the need for additional surgery
- Decreased need for sinus medications or steroids
What are the risks of a PROPEL sinus implant?
A consultation and examination are performed to ensure patients are good candidates for the PROPEL sinus implant. This treatment is not appropriate for people with a suspected or confirmed sensitivity to mometasone furoate or other ingredients in the implant. These include caprolactone copolymers, glycolide, and lactide.
The PROPEL sinus implant could induce side effects that are similar to other implanted devices. Primarily, the body may have a foreign body reaction that requires additional treatment. Though very rare, there is also a risk of toxic shock syndrome, a complication that could happen with any surgical procedure.
The most common side effects reported during PROPEL clinical trials include:
- Nose bleeds
- Respiratory infection
- Ear infection
- Nasal polyps
- Eyelid swelling
- Asthma attacks
How long does a PROPEL sinus implant last?
PROPEL sinus implants are biocompatible devices that dissolve over 30 to 45 days.
How long will my PROPEL sinus implant results last?
PROPEL sinus implants have demonstrated significant improvement in patient outcomes after FESS surgery. The implant is clinically proven to effectively:
- Reduce scarring by up to 70%;
- Reduce the need for follow-up interventions, including steroid medication, by up to 35%;
- Reduce polyp formation by up to 46%.
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