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Endoscopic Polyp Removal: A Minimally Invasive Solution for Nasal Polyps

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

By Dr. Andrew S. Florea MD - Corona California


Endoscopic polyp removal is a minimally invasive procedure that has become the gold standard for treating nasal polyps. This technique involves using a small camera to visualize the nasal cavity and remove polyps through small incisions. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of endoscopic polyp removal, how it works, and what to expect during the procedure.



Nasal polyps are benign growths that can develop in the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. They often occur as a result of chronic inflammation, such as that caused by allergies, asthma, or recurring infections.


They can cause symptoms such as nasal congestion, a runny nose, facial pain, and a reduced sense of smell.


Benefits:

Endoscopic polyp removal offers several benefits over traditional polyp removal techniques, including:

  1. Minimally invasive: delicate procedure that involves only small incisions. This means less pain and a faster recovery time.

  2. Precision: The use of a small camera allows for precise visualization of the nasal cavity, ensuring that all polyps are thoroughly removed.

  3. Short recovery time: Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities within a few days after the procedure.

  4. Reduced risk of complications: Because endoscopic polyp removal is minimally invasive, there is a reduced risk of complications compared to traditional polyp removal techniques.


Endoscopic polyp removal is typically performed under local or general anesthesia and takes about an hour to complete. The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. A small camera is inserted into the nasal cavity to visualize the polyps.

  2. Small instruments are inserted through incisions to remove the polyps.

  3. Any remaining tissue is cauterized to prevent bleeding.

  4. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.


After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, or bleeding for a few days. Dr.Florea may prescribe pain medication and nasal sprays to help manage your symptoms. It is important to avoid blowing your nose or strenuous activity for a few days after the procedure to prevent bleeding.


Risks and Complications

While endoscopic polyp removal is considered a safe and effective procedure, there are some risks and potential complications to be aware of. These may include:

  1. Bleeding

  2. Infection

  3. Damage to the nasal cavity or surrounding structures

  4. Recurrence of polyps

  5. Change in sense of smell

It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of endoscopic polyp removal with Dr. Florea to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.


Conclusion

Endoscopic polyp removal is a safe and effective procedure for treating nasal polyps. It offers several benefits over traditional polyp removal techniques, including a faster recovery time, reduced risk of complications, and precision removal of all polyps. If you suffer from this condition, talk to Dr.Florea to learn more about possible removal and whether it is the right treatment option for you.

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