Nasal polyps are usually discovered when patients notice recurring symptoms such as post nasal drip, nasal congestion or a diminished sense of smell. Endoscopic sinus surgery is often needed to remove nasal polyps and improve air flow through the sinuses. In order to improve surgical outcomes, the use of the PROPEL ® implant may be recommended. The PROPEL ® implant is used in conjunction with minimally invasive nasal polyp surgery to help keep the nasal passage open during healing, reduce the need for future surgeries and to help prevent the reformation of polyps in the future. Watch the video and learn how this stent can make sinus surgery more comfortable. The stent is specially designed to keep the nasal passage open, and its spring like design helps deliver an anti inflammatory to keep it from becoming blocked while the sinus heals.
What to Expect from Sinus Surgery
How Propel Works
The PROPEL® implant is placed in the ethmoid sinus following outpatient surgery which can be done under local anesthesia. After being inserted by a Nasal Polyp Doctor, the spring-like PROPEL ® implant expands to prop open the ethmoid sinus, delivers an anti-inflammatory steroid medication directly to the sinus lining and then dissolves, avoiding the need for removal. The PROPEL ® implant opens the sinus cavities, decreases scarring, and inflammation thereby reducing the need for additional surgical procedures and systemic steroids.
Nasal Polyp Recovery
Recovery after nasal polyp removal is faster than traditional surgery. Advances in technology such as balloon sinuplasty and medicated stents like Propel have shifted the amount of time needed for healing and reducing the possibility additional procedures. The procedure can be done in-office or at the out patient surgery center, and patients can go home the same day. In some cases patients have shown changes immediately, and they have been able to go back to work within a day or two.