Surgery for Nasal Tumours

What is surgery for nasal tumours? 

Endoscopic surgical procedures can be conducted safely to remove both benign and malignant nasal tumours.

 

How does the procedure work?

Nasal tumours can usually be removed endoscopically, using endoscopes specialised (cameras) and surgical instruments into the nostrils. The tumour will be removed from the nose and sinuses around the nose.

 

Why is it performed?

Nasal tumours, even if they are benign, can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as blocked nasal passages, sinus infections, facial pain, numbness, loss of smell and difficulty breathing. Malignant tumours may spread to either surrounding structures like the eye or brain or more distally to the lymph nodes of the neck, chest, liver or brain. Removing tumours will help to resolve these symptoms and prevent them from spreading.

 

How should I prepare for the procedure?

In all cases, your surgeon will need conduct a CAT scan and/or MRI before surgery to see exactly where the tumour is located. Careful assessment is needed to fully ascertain the nature and extent of the tumour. This helps guide the surgery. The procedure 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 be 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. 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 recover from the surgery and anaesthetic.