Do you suffer from sinus symptoms after hiking? If so, you’re probably looking for a solution that will provide relief. While some undergo surgery, there’s a new, less-invasive option on the market called the PROPEL implant. We review everything you need to know about PROPEL below.
PROPEL Treats Chronic Sinusitis
The term “sinusitis” refers to inflammation of the sinuses, which are the hollow cavities located behind the cheeks, nose and forehead. These cavities are lined with mucus that moistens the nasal passages and catches debris entering the nose. Inflammation can cause this fluid to become trapped, causing pressure and affecting how well you can breathe.
Chronic sinusitis refers to this type of sinus inflammation that persists 12 weeks or longer. Symptoms include:
- Nasal inflammation
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Pain/tenderness in the face
- Poor taste and smell
- Ear pain
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Chronic sinusitis can be caused by nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, respiratory tract infections, allergies and other medical conditions.
What Is a PROPEL Implant?
PROPEL implants are devices made of synthetic bioabsorbable co-polymer that have a matrix-like structure. The implants each contain 370 micrograms of an anti-inflammatory drug called mometasone furoate, which is gradually released into the sinus mucosa over a 30-day period through a syringe-style delivery mechanism.
There are three versions of the PROPEL implant:
- PROPEL for the ethmoid sinus.
- PROPEL Mini for the ethmoid sinus and frontal sinus opening.
- PROPEL Contour for the frontal and maxillary sinus ostia.
How Is the PROPEL Implant Placed & Removed?
The implant is placed within the sinus cavity through the nostrils. It expands once in place. Then, the implant dissolves within 30 to 45 days.
How Is the PROPEL Implant Innovative?
The PROPEL implant is innovative in that it is both a spacer and an anti-inflammatory drug delivery device. It works to reduce inflammation, reducing the need for postoperative intervention.
Devices like PROPEL can “minimize complications or possible side effects of surgical treatment by an increase of topical drug delivery locally.” In addition, “Patients with steroid-eluting sinus implants had lower health care resource use (HCRU) over a post-operative period of 18 months.”
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Red River ENT Associates today.