Nasal polypectomy

What is a nasal polypectomy?

It is an operation to remove polyps in the nose. These are soft swellings of the lining that can block the nasal passages causing obstruction and a reduced sense of smell.

Do I need this operation?

This operation is usually recommended to patients who are suffering from:

• Blocked nasal passages

• Reduced sense of smell

• Reduced sense of taste

• Increased nasal infections

 If these symptoms do not improve with optimum medical treatment this operation may be recommended.

What will happen during the operation?

The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic using a telescope passed through the nose to visualise the area.  A small instrument called a microdebrider is then usually employed to remove the polyps. 

Are there any risks involved?

There are some specific but uncommon risks associated with the procedure and your surgeon will discuss them in detail with you prior to the procedure. 

What can I expect with the recovery? 

Post operatively you should expect to feel the nose a little congested/blocked initially sometimes associated with some bloody nasal discharge.  These symptoms should reduce within 2-3 weeks following your operation. It is important to continue to take any medication recommended by your surgeon after the procedure.

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