Sinus Surgery

If your sinus symptoms persist despite medication, sinus surgery may be an option. The goal of surgery is to enlarge the inflamed or blocked sinus airways in order to increase airflow and reduce the potential for infection. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgeons look inside the sinuses through the nasal opening using a small instrument, called an endoscope. They enlarge the sinuses by removing inflamed bone and tissue that block the airflow and passages. This permits the sinuses to drain more naturally, prevents the accumulation of pus and mucus, and reduces infection.

While surgery provides benefit to many patients, inflammation and scarring can take place, diminishing the impact of surgery or causing symptoms to return.

The PROPEL® sinus stent is clinically proven to improve the results of sinus surgery.  The PROPEL stent is placed at the time of surgery and delivers anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinuses. This reduces the need for additional post-operative surgeries and oral steroids.1  

Please click the PROPEL sinus stent link in the navigation menu to learn more.

Sinuses - Healthy

Healthy sinuses with normal drainage

Sinuses - Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis blocks the drainage

Sinuses - After Surgery

Sinus surgery restores the natural drainage


1. Kennedy DW, Wright ED, Goldberg AN. Objective and subjective outcomes in surgery for chronic sinusitis. Laryngoscope. 2000; 110(3):29-31.

The PROPEL sinus implants are intended for use following sinus surgery to maintain the sinus openings and to locally deliver a drug to the sinuses: PROPEL for use in the ethmoid sinus, PROPEL Mini for use in the ethmoid sinus and frontal sinus opening and PROPEL Contour for use in the frontal and maxillary sinus openings. The products are intended for use in patients ≥18 years of age. These products are not intended for people who are allergic to the drug (mometasone furoate) or to certain polymers. Safety and effectiveness of the implant in pregnant or nursing females have not been studied. Risks may include, but are not limited to, pain/pressure, movement of the implant (within or out of the sinus), possible side effects of the drug, infection, and nose bleed. For more information on the risks and benefits of PROPEL sinus implants, please talk to your doctor. The FDA approved labeling can be found at www.IntersectENT.com. Rx only.  

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