Chronic sinusitis is a common affliction that affects an estimated 30 million Americans each year. The condition involves inflammation of the sinuses that block the nasal passages and cause chronic infections. Symptoms include nasal congestion, sinus pain and pressure, loss of smell and taste, nasal discharge, headache, pain in the upper teeth, fatigue and depression.
Medications may provide temporary relief, but their effectiveness over the long term is not very impressive, prompting many patients to turn to surgery that involves enlarging the sinus cavities responsible for drainage. Sinus surgery effectively relieves symptoms because it opens the natural sinus openings to improve drainage and increase airflow. Your sinus surgeon welcomes any technique that can help sinus surgery lead to this goal. That’s where Propel comes in.
How Does Propel Work?
Propel is a dissolvable, steroid-releasing implant that decreases inflammation during the healing process that follows sinus surgery. It helps assure that the sinuses remain open.
The implant, inserted during an endoscopic sinus procedure, resembles a spring and delivers a measured dose of mometasone furoate, an anti-inflammatory steroid that gradually dissolves over four to six weeks.
Approved by the FDA in 2013, Propel is safe and effective and decreases the risks of post-surgical scarring that can impair sinus drainage and airflow. Patients typically have a smaller chance of requiring follow-up surgery.
If you are bothered by sinusitis and are looking for a long-term solution, schedule an appointment to learn if Propel is a viable option for you.
Call Western Michigan ENT at (231) 398-9536 for more information or to schedule an appointment.