Nasal Polyps (Endoscopic Polyp Removal)

What are nasal polyps?

Endoscopic Polyp Removal

Nasal polyps are soft tissue growths that form in the nasal cavity and the sinuses. They typically form as a response to allergy or infection and are not cancerous.

Nasal Polyp symptoms

Nasal polyps produce severe congestion, mouth breathing, and snoring. They are also typically associated with chronic and recurring sinus infections. Other common symptoms include the following:

  • Runny Nose
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Constant stuffiness

What is an Endoscopic Polyp Removal?

Removal of nasal polyps used to be an extensive procedure. Now, with modern endoscopic techniques, they can be safely removed as an office procedure. In our office, under IV sedation, a small telescope is used to visualize the polyps and a special suction instrument can be used to vacuum the polyp away. This is typically done in conjunction with balloon sinuplasty and a sinus wash to clear the associated sinus infection.

Dr. Daniel Slaughter explains what it means to have nasal poylps and how it can be treated at Sinus & Snoring Specialists.

How Do I Prepare For Endoscopic Polyp Removal?

Our patients are given a thorough endoscopic exam and a mini-CT scan in our office so we can review the extent of the polyps. Patients will be given a date for their office procedure and they will be instructed to arrive without eating or drinking for a time interval before the procedure. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and patients can typically go home about 15 min after the procedure.

Can the polyp return after treatment?

In most cases the polyps will not return if we are successful in also clearing the sinus infection and managing the allergies. In some more rare conditions the polyps tend to recur and may need regular removal over time. Fortunately this removal each time involves minimal discomfort and fast recovery.

Alternative Treatments for Nasal Polyps

Antibiotics and allergy medicine can be of help as well but removal of the polyps is the only way to cure this condition.

Endoscopic Polyp Removal recovery

The patient will have a cold like sensation for a few days and 1-2 days of bloody nasal discharge. Most patients do not require pain medicine and will work the day after the procedure.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in learning more about endoscopic polyp removal and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact our office in Austin, TX today! Call (512) 601-0303 to schedule a consultation with board certified ENT Specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.

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