If your doctor has discovered nasal polyps after sinus surgery, he or she may recommend an endoscopic procedure as an alternative to added surgery. The SINUVA Sinus Implant is proven to shrink nasal polyps and reduce nasal obstruction and congestion. As a result, patients can breathe easier and live more comfortably.
How Does SINUVA Work?
During a routine office visit, your doctor will first numb your sinuses with topical or local anesthesia. Next, they will insert a tiny implant into the sinus cavity through the nasal opening (the procedure takes 30-40 minutes). The sinus implant delivers an anti-inflammatory steroid called mometasone furoate into your sinuses to shrink nasal polyps and open the sinus cavity. Patients usually don’t feel SINUVA once it’s in place. Your doctor can remove the sinus implant after 90 days or it may come out on its own as it softens.
What Are the Advantages of SINUVA?
Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis even after sinus surgery are often told to use a steroid nasal spray to open the sinus cavity. However, nasal polyps can block the nasal spray from getting through. SINUVA shrinks the polyps so the spray can get through to its target area. This allows for reduced congestion, improved sense of smell, and a reduced need for another sinus surgery.
Are There Any Side Effects to This Sinus Implant?
In two clinical trials with 400 patients, SINUVA resulted in a very low rate of side effects. The most common being asthma (4.7%), headaches (3.5%), and nose bleeds (2.4%). These side effects are no more likely than those happening after sinus surgery.
Ask Your Sound Health Doctor If SINUVA Is Right for You
If you are aware that you have nasal polyps and have not discussed surgery alternatives with your doctor, ask Sound Health about the SINUVA sinus implant. We can tell you whether you are a candidate for the procedure. In addition, we will discuss what type of coverage your insurance will provide. Give us a call today at (314) 729-0077.