You’ll be taken to the operating theatre or procedure room and made comfortable.

Your anaesthetist will insert an intravenous cannula into a vein to give you anaesthetic or a sedative drug. You’ll most likely be positioned on your back with your head slightly raised.

The surgery is usually performed using a nasal endoscope which is a small tube with a camera and light on the tip. You surgeon views the inside of your nose on a monitor.

After removing the polyps with a microdebrider some surgeons then pack cotton gauze or a dissolvable material into your nostril to reduce the risk of bleeding.

This surgery usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on how complex it is.

After your surgery

Your hospital stay.


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