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Nasal Polyps Are Common.

Nasal polyps have a teardrop shape and grow on the linings of the nose or sinuses, often in the area where the two meet. When they are small, they may cause no symptoms. As polyps become larger, they can cause breathing problems, block sinus drainage and set the stage for sinus infection.

Fortunately, nasal polyps are normally not cancerous, and they’re not painful. Unfortunately, they can cause a variety of unpleasant nasal symptoms, and even if they are removed, they can recur.

What happens when you have nasal polyps?

Symptoms (1)
People with nasal polyps can have a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and postnasal drip. Around 75% have problems with their sense of smell and also may lose their sense of taste. Additional symptoms of nasal polyps can include mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea.

Causes (2)
Although their exact cause is unknown, nasal polyps sometimes run in families. Many experts see a connection between nasal polyps and chronic inflammation, such as sinusitis, sinus infections, allergies, and even asthma. Cystic fibrosis has also been known to trigger the formation of nasal polyps. Medications or surgery can treat most nasal polyps, but they often grow back. Even with surgery, nasal polyps may regrow in up to 15 percent of patients with a chronic nasal problem.

Complications (3)
Nasal polyps can cause complications when they block normal airflow and fluid drainage, and also, because of the chronic inflammation underlying their development. Potential complications include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea. A potentially serious condition in which you stop and start breathing frequently during sleep.
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Sinus infections

How Are Nasal Polyps Treated? (4)

Symptoms caused by nasal polyps are usually first treated with intranasal steroid sprays, saline rinses, and oral steroids. If those remedies fail or if chronic sinusitis has become a problem, endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) is often performed. This surgery is invasive, and sadly, may not prevent recurrence of the nasal polyps.

The SINUVA™ Sinus Implant is Designed to Help You Breathe Easier.

Developed by Intersect ENT and FDA approved in December, 2017, SINUVA™ was designed as a targeted approach for treating recurrent nasal polyps in patients who have had previous ethmoid sinus surgery. (5)

Repeat surgeries and continued steroid treatment have limitations. Nasal sprays and rinses depend on consistent patient management. SINUVA™ is the innovative implant treatment that may be an alternative to additional sinus surgery and other options. (4)

How Does SINUVA™ Work? (4)

Placed during a routine office visit, SINUVA™ expands into the sinus cavity and delivers an anti-inflammatory steroid directly to the site of polyps over the course of 90 days. The implant usually cannot be felt once it’s in place.

SINUVA™ is proven to shrink nasal polyps, reduce nasal and sinus obstruction, improve a patient’s sense of smell, and reduce the need for surgery.

As it stays in the sinus, SINUVA™ continues to release medication. It gradually softens over time and can be removed 90 days after placement or earlier at the physician’s discretion.

Is SINUVA™ Safe? (4)

The safety of SINUVA™ was established by 400 patients in 2 clinical trials. In the studies, patients who received SINUVA™ experienced improvement in their impaired sense of smell, and significant reduction in nasal obstruction/congestion and severity of polyps.

The risks from SINUVA™ are similar to those associated with other endoscopic sinus procedures.


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