Endoscopic Polypectomy

What is endoscopic polypectomy? 

Endoscopic polypectomy in the nose refers to the surgical removal of polyps that occur in the nasal passages. Polyps are abnormal growths of tissues that can cause nasal obstruction and chronic infection in the sinuses. Polyps can affect any of the sinuses.

 

How does the procedure work?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed to remove polyps from the nasal cavities and sinuses. Specialised cameras (endocopes) and instruments are used during this procedure, which is conducted through the nasal passages (no cuts are made on the face).

 

Why is it performed?

Polyps in the nose can cause nasal obstruction affecting breathing, snoring, chronic nasal discharge or infection, headaches or facial pain and decreased smell. The initial treatment for nasal polyps is medical therapy in the form of a nasal spray and/or tablets. If there is unsatisfactory response to this treatment, then surgery can be considered.

 

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Endoscopic sinus surgery (endoscopic sinus surgery) is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may needed before or after surgery. 

 

What can I expect after the surgery?

A dissolvable material is placed into the nasal cavities after the surgery to help with healing and to minimise the risk of potential bleeding. There will be no bruising around the eyes. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure. Once at home, you will be asked to gently wash out the nose with a salt-water preparation. This helps clear the nasal passages. It normally takes 1-2 weeks to fully recover from the surgery and anaesthetic.