types ofnasal polyp removal

Nasal polyps are removed through your nostrils.

Endoscopic polyp removal

Your surgeon inserts a keyhole camera, known as a nasal endoscope, to see the inside of your nose. After assessing the polyps, they use an instrument called a microdebrider to remove them.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)

This is a more extensive surgery to remove your polyps and open up your sinuses. Using a method similar to simple polyp removal, endoscopic sinus surgery uses an endoscope and microdebrider. Sometimes a tiny balloon catheter may be inserted and inflated inside your sinus passages. This helps to widen them, allowing them to drain and work normally. The balloon is then deflated and removed. Learn more about functional endoscopic sinus surgery .

Nasal polyp removal may be performed at the same time as nasal turbinate surgery or nasal septal surgery .

Which surgery is best for me?

Whether you need a simple polyp removal or more extensive sinus surgery depends on the extent of your polyps and any other problems that may be affecting your sinuses. Most doctors believe that having endoscopic sinus surgery as well as polyp removal can improve your long-term outcome.

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Results vs risks of the procedure

The benefits and potential complications of nasal polyp removal.


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