Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in the nasal passage. No one really knows exactly why they form. Studies suggest that people with allergies are more susceptible to nasal polyps. In addition, people with polyps may have a unique immune system response that causes the polyps to form. Polyps can often grow and block the nasal passage and prevent mucus from draining causing sinus pressure and pain. Treatment of the polyps is necessary as they usually continue to grow and cause more symptoms as time goes on.
Treatments in the past were quite invasive, however over time we have developed new techniques which include non-invasive methods. Non-invasive methods include nasal steroid sprays to shrink the polyps. Oral Corticosteroids can be used if the nasal steroids are not effective. Antibiotics can also be used to help reduce their size and eliminate any sinus infections that may be causing additional inflammation.
If you do not want to take medication for a prolong period of time then Endoscopic sinus surgery is your solution. The minimally invasive procedure takes a few minutes and it will completely remove the nasal polyps and improve air flow through the sinuses. Results are shown immediately after the procedure and the patient can return to his/her daily routine the following day. During the endoscopic surgery, a small tube with a magnifying lens or tiny camera (endoscope) is inserted into your nostrils by the physician and it is guided into your sinus cavities. We then use a tiny instrument to remove the nasal polyps and other obstructions that block the flow of fluids from your sinuses. This surgery is usually done on an outpatient surgery center, but it can be performed in-office as well. After the procedure a small medicated stent is placed in the nasal cavity delivering anti inflammatory medicine over time delivering medicine where it’s needed. It also helps prevent the re-growth of future polyps and it maintains the nasal passage open with its spring shape. The medicated stent dissolves over time 20-30 days out. Watch the video to learn how it works:
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