LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you suffer from sinus issues, you know how frustrating it can be to live in East Texas. Well, a Lufkin doctor is bringing new sinus technology to the area.
The FDA recently approved Propel, a new sinus implant that helps people who suffer from sinus issues. Dr. Brian Humphreys is the only physician in Deep East Texas offering the procedure.
Humphreys is providing many sinus problem sufferers some relief with a new sinus implant.
"It's called a Propel. It's new, and it's come out here recently within the last year or so," Humphreys said.
He said there is a huge population in the Pineywoods that have sinus issues.
"This has probably been one of the heaviest concentrations in the country that I've ever seen," Humphreys said.
The Propel sinus implant is inserted during an outpatient surgery, and Humphreys said it's similar to a heart stint but for your sinuses.
"It gently will come out, under very light pressure and expand to where it needs to be," Humphreys said. "Over a couple of weeks, it dissolves and releases its medication, so that good healing can occur without scaring."
Humphreys said it's a big advancement because with traditional sinus surgeries, there can be some issues that go along with it. But the implant process is much more delicate.
"In lieu of also having more major sinus work, it's a stint and it releases the medicine. The stint prevents scarring and the medicine prevents scarring. So it's kind of a two-for-one approach," Humphreys said.
It was approved for use by the FDA about a year ago, and Humphreys is one of the first in the region to start using the technology.
He said his patients are already seeing results.
"We are already seeing it benefit people. Just within a few weeks inside their nose and sinuses the scoping and examinations show it is really working for them," Humphreys said.
Humphreys said candidates for the sinus implant would be those who have bad sinus trouble, medicines have not helped them, and they are at the point where they need some kind of surgical intervention.
Dr. Humphreys does the procedure in the hospital. He said it takes about an hour and a half and patients can go home the same day with little pain or discomfort.