July 17, 2023

What Do Nasal Stents Look Like?

If you are one of the 20-25% of patients with chronic sinusitis whose symptoms are not relieved by medication alone, minimally invasive surgery called functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may help. To enhance the results of FESS, otolaryngologists often place a sinus stent in the surgical area to keep the sinus cavities open. While nasal stents have been around for a while, new technology like the Propel sinus implant has revolutionized stent use and improved surgical outcomes for patients.

The stent keeps the sinus cavity open for 30 days and releases a special corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory properties to minimize swelling and inflammation until it dissolves. This eliminates the need for gauze and allows patients to breath easier. It also prevents the build-up of inflammatory scar tissue, which causes sinus blockages to redevelop after surgery and significantly increases the risk for needing additional procedures.

Unlike oral steroids, which have broad systemic side effects that include weight gain, bone loss, diabetes, and increased heart attack risk, the steroid in the Propel sinus stent is delivered only where it's needed. The stent is safe and has no major side effects. Stents are easy to maintain and can be easily changed at home using steri strips. IMPORTANT TIP: The steri strips that hold the stent are very fragile, so be careful when changing them or cleaning your nose to avoid unnecessary breaking. Make sure you use a steri strip with X-ray markings, and only pull on the sticky part of the strip.

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