Nasalpolyp removal

Using this guide What's covered

Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions about nasal polyp removal (also known as nasal polypectomy). Learn how it’s done, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.

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The basics

What are nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are soft, grape-like lumps of tissue that can grow inside your nose and sinuses. They’re not usually painful but they can cause problems with breathing and your sense of smell. They are a consequence of inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Most nasal polyps are fairly small but sometimes become very large.

What’s nasal polyp removal?

Nasal polyp removal (nasal polypectomy) is a surgical procedure that aims to remove your nasal polyps. It is usually done in combination with sinus surgery or other surgeries like nasal turbinate surgery, nasal septum surgery (septoplasty) and is rarely performed alone.

How’s it done?

The surgery is performed through your nostrils. Your surgeon views the inside of your nose through a nasal endoscope which has a camera and light on the tip. They then use instruments to remove the polyps.

The details


Alternatives to nasal polyp removal

There may be alternatives to nasal polyp removal depending on your condition.
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Types of nasal polyp removal

There are different ways to reduce or remove nasal polyps.
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Results vs risks of the procedure

The benefits and potential complications of nasal polyp removal.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find an ear, nose and throat surgeon who specialises in this procedure.
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Questions for your specialist

What you should ask before going ahead with nasal polyp removal.
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Preparing for your procedure

Pre-operative tests and preparation.
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Your anaesthetic options

The anaesthesia and post-op pain relief you may be offered.
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Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your surgery.
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Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.
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After your surgery

Your hospital stay.
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Recovery and aftercare

Resuming activities and watching for problems.
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People who’ve had nasal surgery talk about their preparation, hospital stay and recovery.

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