I have written about the revolutionary PROPEL sinus stent before; this simple spring-like device has given sinus surgeons and their patients a powerful new tool to promote healing and prevent the closure of sinus openings after surgery.
Recently a Pennsylvania news crew broke the story to their viewers, offering this promising tale of a patient who experienced a startling improvement after surgery.
Why does it work? There are two mechanisms at work: one mechanical, one chemical. The mechanical action is the spring itself, which holds the passageway open. The chemical action is delivered via corticosteroids, which dissolve into surrounding tissues as they heal:
The implant, like some stents used to open blocked heart arteries, also delivers steroid medications to the sinus lining. That can spare patients the side effects associated with oral steroids. The implant remains in the patient’s sinuses delivering a low-dose steroid for two months.
I am proud to have been one of the pioneers in Los Angeles offering sinus surgery procedures that include the PROPEL stent. If you’d like to relieve your sinus pain today, please contact a Los Angeles sinus surgeon.