Nasal polyps can be extremely difficult to treat. Initially, your doctor may recommend nose drops or a nasal spray to reduce inflammation and help shrink the growths. However, these medications can cause side effects, such as irritation, a sore throat and nose bleeds. Additionally, they aren’t effective in all cases. If your polyps do not improve with medical therapy, or if they are particularly large, nasal polyp surgery may be necessary for lasting relief.
Nasal polyp surgery is performed to remove polyps and correct issues within the sinuses that increase their susceptibility to inflammation and polyp development. The technique is endoscopic, which means your surgeon will insert a thin, lighted instrument to gain visibility into the sinuses. He or she will then use tiny surgical tools to remove the polyps and correct any other obstructions. Immediately after your procedure, you will be moved to the recovery room for a few hours where you will be monitored closely.
The procedure to remove nasal polyps is performed on an outpatient basis. As such, you will be free to return home the same day to begin the recovery process. You will need to use a saline rinse and rest for approximately two weeks to promote healing.
Most patients experience a marked improvement in their symptoms after having surgery to remove nasal polyps. However, they occasionally grow back within a few years. When this occurs, a repeat procedure may be necessary.
It’s very common for nasal polyps to return after surgery. However, there are steps patients can take to prevent a recurrence. Regular saline rinses, avoiding dust and pollution, and using an air purifier and humidifier can decrease irritation for some people. In addition, your doctor may recommend the routine use of a corticosteroid spray moving forward.
SFENTA physicians are well-versed in the full range of conditions and symptoms that can affect the ear, nose and throat area. During your initial consultation, they will help you determine if balloon sinuplasty is the best course of action for your condition, or if you require a different treatment approach.
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