Propel Sinus Implant Surgery in Rockwall, Forney & Wylie
Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to the best otolaryngologists in Texas. We provide a wide range of treatments for all types of ear, nose, and throat conditions, including many of the latest advances in ENT treatments such as Propel sinus implants. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, contact us today.
Our board-certified otolaryngologists have years of experience performing ENT procedures, including the placement of Propel sinus implants. Visit us at our three convenient locations in Rockwall, Forney, and Wylie TX.
Request an appointment using the form on this page, or learn more about chronic sinusitis and Propel sinus implants below.
What is the Propel sinus implant?
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is performed in patients dealing with chronic sinusitis, in order to further widen the sinus drainage passages. Endoscopic instruments are used to anatomically make the sinuses more accessible for natural drainage as well as sinus irrigation.
Occasionally, the degree of sinus opening that is achieved at the end of surgery might not persist over time. This could be due to scar formation, stricture of the surgical area, collapse of adjacent structures, or new polyp growth. Previous experience with non-absorbable stents that were later removed was not satisfactory due to the potential for infection. Other absorbable material tended to accumulate too much crusting and inflammation at the area.
The Propel sinus implant is a new device that was engineered to address all of these concerns and limitations. Its active ingredient is mometasone furoate, the same ingredient that’s found in Nasonex nasal spray. When placed after FESS, the spring-like implant keeps the surgical area wide open, and slowly releases a low dose of cortisone to prevent scar formation or polyp regrowth following sinus surgery. This implant dissolves over a four-week period.
When is a sinus implant surgery recommended?
Placing a Propel sinus implant in conjunction with functional endoscopic sinus surgery may be recommended for patients who have painful sinus symptoms that are not effectively relieved through conservative treatment therapies. You may be a candidate if you have one or more of the following:
- Chronic sinusitis that lasts for 12 weeks or more
- Chronic sinusitis that has not responded to medications and other conservative therapies
- A history of 4 or more cases of acute sinusitis in one year
- Nasal polyps
- A history of unsuccessful sinus surgery
What does getting the Propel sinus implant involve?
A Propel implant is placed at the conclusion of functional endoscopic sinus surgery, which is typically performed in a hospital setting or surgery center.
During FESS with a Propel implant, patients can expect the following:
- General and/or local anesthesia will be administered so that you feel no pain throughout the FESS and Propel sinus implant surgery.
- Once sedated, your doctor will insert an endoscope, a tiny tube with a camera attached to it, through the nostril. Using this camera guidance, the problem areas within the nose can be examined up close and carefully treated with specialized tools.
- Any abnormal tissue that is impacting sinus function and drainage will be removed or repositioned using small surgical instruments inserted through the nostrils.
- Once complete, your doctor will place the spring-like Propel sinus implant at the surgery site. The implant will slowly release a low dose of cortisone over the four weeks following surgery.
- After the surgery, you may experience some minor swelling and discomfort and you may experience a temporary feeling of stuffiness for about a week.
- Patients must keep the treatment area moist with nasal saline in order to facilitate the absorption of the Propel implant.
- In most cases, you’ll be able to return home the same day as the procedure and resume normal activities within a week.
- Most patients experience a significant improvement in breathing and relief from symptoms following surgery.
What are the advantages of a Propel sinus implant?
Benefits of getting the Propel sinus implant in conjunction with functional endoscopic sinus surgery include:
- Maintains the opening created during surgery
- Reduces post-operative scarring, inflammation, polyposis and middle turbine lateralization
- Improves long-term outcomes of FESS
- Reduces the need for other medications and therapies following surgery, such as oral steroids
- Reduces the need for revision sinus surgery
Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to three board-certified otolaryngologists who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose, and throat related disorders, including sinus conditions that require surgical treatment. If you want to learn more about the Propel sinus implant and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), call our office at 972-771-5443 or get started by requesting an appointment using the form on this page.