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PROPEL Drug Eluting Implant

Chronic Sinusitis

1 in 7 adults are affected by chronic sinusitis.  The sinuses are air-filled cavities located within the bones around the nose and eyes that allow for air flow and drainage which become become swollen and inflamed in chronic sinusitis, preventing natural drainage of the pathways, leading to chronic infections and nasal blockage.

Patients with Chronic Sinusitis suffer from symptoms such as:

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Nasal congestion & difficulty breathing
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell & taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue & depression

Medications often prescribed for Chronic Sinusitis patients:

  • Antibiotics
  • Oral steroids
  • Nasal steroid sprays
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines

If patients’ symptoms continue even with medications, sinus surgery may be an option. During the surgery, the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon will enter the sinuses through the nostrils to open blocked sinus pathways and clean out infection. Opening the inflamed sinus pathways allows the sinuses to drain better and improves air flow.

PROPEL Drug Eluting Implant

While surgery provides benefit to many patients, inflammation and scarring can take place postoperatively, diminishing the impact of surgery or causing symptoms to return. There is now a new technology that is placed at the time of surgery and clinically proven to reduce inflammation and scarring.

When placed in the sinus following surgery, PROPEL decreases scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as  oral steroids and their potential side effects.

PROPEL steroid eluting stent

The spring-like PROPEL implant props open the ethmoid sinus to maintain the surgical opening, delivers an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinus lining, and then dissolves, avoiding the need for removal.


Talk with Dr. Rosenthal to see if PROPEL is the right option for you.  More information about the PROPEL Sinus Stent can be found at

Post-operative care

After surgery, your care may include nasal irrigation (e.g Neilmed Sinus Rinse ™), oral antibiotics and pain medicine. Take all of your medication as directed for the best outcomes. Additionally, you can expect some bleeding, drainage and discomfort (e.g. pain, headaches). Sleeping with your head elevated 30 degrees is helpful to reduce sinus swelling and bleeding. Try your best not to blow your nose, bend over, lift heavy objects or physically exert yourself for 1-2 weeks after surgery. If you have to sneeze or cough, keep your mouth open and avoid pinching your nose.


  1. Han JK, Marple BF, Smith TL et al. IFAR.2012; 2:271-279

The PROPEL Sinus Implant is intended for use following ethmoid sinus surgery to maintain patency. For more information consult your physician or visit to view information including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse events.

PROPEL® is a registered trademark of Intersect ENT, Inc.



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