What is the Propel Sinus Stent?

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The Propel sinus stent represents a significant advancement in the treatment of chronic sinusitis, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by the inflammation of the sinuses, leading to symptoms such as nasal congestion, facial pain, and a reduced sense of smell. For those who do not respond well to medication, surgery is often recommended to clear the sinuses. The Propel sinus stent is designed to improve outcomes for these patients. In this blog, we’ll delve into what the Propel sinus stent is, how it works, and its benefits for patients undergoing sinus surgery.

What is the Propel Sinus Stent?

The Propel sinus stent is a small, spring-like device that is inserted into the sinus passageways immediately after sinus surgery. It is made from a lightweight, biocompatible material that slowly dissolves over time. The stent serves a dual purpose: it physically holds open the sinus passageways, preventing them from closing due to inflammation or scarring during the healing process, and it releases an advanced corticosteroid medication directly into the lining of the sinuses to reduce inflammation.

How Does It Work?

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The Propel sinus stent is inserted by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon during the endoscopic sinus surgery process. Once placed, the stent gently expands to fit the contours of the patient’s sinus passageways. Its unique design allows for localized delivery of the corticosteroid, ensuring that the medication is concentrated precisely where it is needed most. This targeted approach helps to effectively manage postoperative inflammation without the systemic side effects that can occur with oral steroids.

The Benefits of Propel Sinus Stent

The Propel sinus stent offers several key benefits for patients undergoing sinus surgery:

Reduced Inflammation and Scarring: 

By delivering steroids directly to the sinus tissue, the stent significantly reduces the risk of inflammation and scarring, which can lead to better long-term outcomes and fewer revision surgeries.

Improved Postoperative Healing: 

The physical support provided by the stent helps to maintain the surgical openings, allowing for proper drainage and healing. This can lead to a faster recovery time and less discomfort for the patient.

Lower Risk of Systemic Side Effects: 

Since the corticosteroid is delivered locally, rather than systemically, patients are less likely to experience side effects commonly associated with oral steroid use, such as weight gain, mood swings, and increased blood sugar levels.

Enhanced Patient Comfort: 

The stent is designed to be minimally invasive and is gradually absorbed by the body, eliminating the need for removal. This feature enhances patient comfort during the recovery process.

Who Can Benefit from the Propel Sinus Stent?

The Propel sinus stent is most beneficial for patients undergoing surgery for chronic sinusitis, especially those with a history of severe inflammation or previous sinus surgeries. It is particularly useful in cases where the patient’s anatomy makes them more susceptible to post-operative scarring and closure of the sinus passageways.


The Propel sinus stent is a revolutionary device that has transformed the management of chronic sinusitis post-surgery. By addressing both the physical and chemical aspects of healing, it ensures that patients have the best possible outcome with fewer complications. If you’re considering sinus surgery, discussing the option of using the Propel sinus stent with your ENT surgeon could be a step toward a smoother recovery and a future with clearer, more comfortable breathing.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.