Nasal Polyp Surgery
Nasal polyp surgery is a procedure performed to remove nasal polyps, which are non-cancerous, painless, soft growths that develop in the lining of the nose.
Nasal polyps can cause obstruction, reduce the sense of smell, and recurrent sinus infections.
When is Nasal Polyp Surgery Necessary?
Your doctor may recommend this surgery if other non-surgical treatments have not helped you control the symptoms caused by nasal polyps.
Benefits of Nasal Polyp Surgery
Some of the benefits this surgery offers to patients with nasal polyps include:
· Improved Nasal Breathing: By removing the polyps, the nasal airflow can be restored, allowing improved breathing.
· Reduced Sinus Infections: The removal of the polyps can help alleviate inflammation, and reduce the frequency and severity of sinus infections.
· Recovery of Sense of Smell: Nasal polyps can reduce the sense of smell due to blockage and inflammation. Removing the polyps can restore the sense of smell and help you enjoy again foods and aromas.
How is Nasal Polyp Surgery Done?
This procedure is minimally invasive, and it is usually done in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your condition and the size of the polyps.
Nasal polyp surgery typically involves the following steps:
1. Anesthesia: You will be provided with general anesthesia for your comfort.
2. Nasal Polyp Removal: The removal of the polyps doesn’t involve any incisions and can be done through one of two techniques, depending on the location of the polyps in the nose:
· Nasal Polypectomy: This technique is used when the polyp can be easily located in the nose. During this procedure, your surgeon will use small surgical graspers to remove the polyp. If the polyp is a larger size, a microdebrider may be used.
· Endoscopic Nasal Polypectomy: This technique is done especially when the polyps are located deep into the nose and involves the use of an endoscope, which is a thin tube with a light and camera at the end, to visualize the polyps. Once they are located, your surgeon will remove them.
3. Nasal Packing: In some cases, your surgeon will place nasal packing inside your nose to support the healing tissues and control bleeding.
Recovery After Surgery
After surgery, you may experience some mild swelling, discomfort, or nasal congestion, which is normal and should improve over time. You may also notice some nose bleeding for a few weeks.
Your doctor may give you the following indications for your recovery:
· Avoid blowing your nose.
· Avoid lifting heavy objects.
· Avoid bending over below your waist.
If you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or other concerning symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.