FDA Approves Propel Mini for Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis; Will Be Readily Available Nationwide Mid 2013

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Los Angeles ear, nose, & throat doctor and director of the Center for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Babak Larian says steroid releasing product Propel Mini will offer patients a much easier recovery following sinus surgery.

Babak Larian
Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis often experience multiple serious sinus infections each year that can last for weeks on end.

In a recent announcement, the Food & Drug Administration announced the approval of the second steroid-releasing product by Intersect ENT Incorporated and stated that the product will be launched nationwide in the middle of this year. The product, Propel Mini, will benefit sufferers of chronic sinusitis following endoscopic sinus surgery by delivering localized drug delivery to the sinuses, therefore resulting in less pain and inflammation during recovery.

“The approval of Propel Mini is wonderful news for both surgeons who treat patients with endoscopic sinus procedures and the patients themselves. I know that this will offer my patients an easier recovery following sinus surgery,” said Dr. Larian, board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor in Los Angeles.

Propel Mini is an implant that can be inserted by a surgeon after undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery for the management of chronic sinusitis. The unique spring-like nasal insert works by gradually expanding to open the sinus to deliver anti-inflammatory steroids quickly and promptly to the sinus lining. After the steroids have been administered, the implant dissolves without trouble into the body. Propel Mini will be readily available in select hospitals in the coming months, and will be launched across the nation in mid-2013.

“Localized drug delivery works by feeding medicine or steroids directly to the problem area, which in turn offers an immediate decrease in pain and discomfort for patients who have recently undergone sinus surgery,” said Dr. Larian. “I am very excited to offer this to my patients.”

Chronic sinusitis occurs in millions of people across the world and involves sinuses that are constantly inflamed or infected. After treating sinusitis with medication and nasal sprays, endoscopic surgery is a common choice and offers the greatest relief for its sufferers. Diagnosing sinusitis requires a thorough exam and can often require a nasal endoscope, which provides ENT doctors with an internal and magnified view, as well as CT scan of the sinuses.

"Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis often experience multiple serious sinus infections each year that can last for weeks on end," said Dr.Larian. "It is a very unpleasant condition."

Dr. Larian is the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles who specializes in ear, nose, and throat surgery as well as the treatment of chronic sinusitis through minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. As a board certified head and neck surgeon, Dr. Larian is nationally renowned for his expertise in treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Larian currently holds the prestigious title of Chief of Otolaryngology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

For additional information or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Larian, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck surgery by calling (310) 461-0300. For further contact inquiries, please visit http://www.larianMD.com.

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