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What is Nasal Polyps Surgery

What is Nasal Polyps Surgery?

Nasal polyps surgery is the procedure during which nasal polyps are removed. There are two main types of nasal polyps surgery – nasal polypectomy and functional endoscopic sinus surgery.  Nasal Polyps can occur in the nasal passages or in the sinuses.

Prior to surgery, patients are required to undergo tests such as nasal endoscopies, CT scans or X-ray scans. Furthermore the patient is made aware that surgery may not meet expectations. Especially regarding the fact that 75% of patients undergoing surgery will experience re-growth of nasal polyps. For nasal polyps high up in the sinuses, surgery may damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss.

Surgery Types

  • Nasal Polypectomy
  • Functional Endoscopic

Nasal Polypectomy is the most common type of nasal polyps surgery.  It can be done using just a local aesthetic. The surgeon will hold the nose open with an instrument called a nasal speculum.  Finally once the nose is held open the Polyps can be cut out using a special type of forceps.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is used for polyps that are not easily reached, because they are growing deep in the sinuses. A general or local anaesthetic is used. In this procedure, an endoscope (a tube with a camera) is used to provide the surgeon better view of the area around the polyps.  Small cuts in the face will be made and through these incisions the surgeon cuts out the polyps.


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