| ARS POSITION STATEMENT ON DRUG-ELUTING IMPLANTS
September 14, 2016
The American Rhinologic Society endorses the utilization of drug-eluting implants into the sinus cavities. Results in sinus surgery are often dependent on proper healing of the sinus cavity and the reduction of inflammation. Furthermore, reduction of polyp burden and inflammation can result in a decrease in the use of oral medications as well as delaying the time until revision surgery.
There have been a number of well-controlled studies on drug-eluting implants in the paranasal sinuses, specifically implants that release steroids to the local tissues. These studies have demonstrated improvement of patient outcomes by reducing inflammation, decreasing scarring and middle turbinate lateralization and limiting the need for oral steroids.
The American Rhinologic Society thus feels strongly that drug-eluting implants are not investigational and should be available to our patients, when selected by the physician, in order to maximize outcomes.
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