Capital Medical Center’s Ear, Nose and Throat clinic now offers a new, targeted approach to treating recurrent nasal polyp disease for those who have had ethmoid sinus surgery – and want to prevent further surgery.

Patients with nasal polyp disease complain of:

  • Nasal congestion/obstruction
  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Reduced sense of smell

The FDA-approved SINUVA™ (mometasone furoate) sinus implant offers a treatment option that expands into the sinus cavity and delivers an anti-inflammatory steroid directly to the site of polyp disease for 90 days.

During a routine office visit, your doctor will numb your nose and sinuses with topical and/or local anesthesia. Then the SINUVA Sinus Implant is delivered into the sinus cavity through the nasal opening.

SINUVA’s innovative technology utilizes a “two-in-one” approach:

  • It is designed to open in the sinus cavity and deliver anti-inflammatory medicine to treat nasal polyps
  • The implant softens over time and may be expelled out of the nose on its own or through sneezing or nose blowing. It can be removed at 90 days or earlier at the physician’s discretion.

“SINUVA represents a much-needed breakthrough for the many nasal polyp sufferers who are seeking an effective treatment,” said Robert C. Kern, M.D., Chairman of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who served as national co-principal investigator of the pivotal study of the implant.

“For many patients struggling to manage this disease, the current treatment approaches of repeat surgeries and high-dose oral steroids have significant limitations, and intranasal sprays and rinses rely heavily on patient compliance.”

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Nasal polyps are inflammatory growths along the lining of nasal passages or sinuses that can cause nasal congestion, infections and loss of sense of smell. Many people with chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps return to their ENT specialist with symptoms within the first year following initial treatment.

Approximately 635,000 Americans have had previous sinus surgery and continue to see their ENT physicians for treatment of recurring symptoms.

To learn if SINUVA may be right for you, contact the Capital ENT clinic at 360.704.4745.