results vsrisks of the procedure

Nasal polyp removal is a common ear, nose and throat surgery


Modern endoscopic techniques have made nasal surgery more efficient and reduced the risks of complications.

Nasal polyp removal can be very successful and reduce your symptoms significantly. However, your polyps may eventually regrow and need further treatment. Long-term medical treatment may reduce this risk.

Many people need to have the procedure repeated 3 to 8 years after their first surgery, although some nasal polyps grow back in as little as 6 months. Your polyps are more likely to recur if you also have asthma and/or aspirin sensitivity.

Although nasal polyp removal is a common surgery, there are few clinical studies showing exactly how effective it is.


As with any medical procedure there are potential risks. Your chance of complications depends on the type of procedure you’re having and factors like your general health.

Risks of nasal polyp removal include:

  • bleeding
  • infection requiring antibiotics
  • recurrence of the polyps
  • decreased sense of smell or taste, or no improvement
  • adhesions (scar tissue)
  • swelling or bruising of the area around your eye (rare).

Ask your surgeon about the results and risks associated with your procedure. Also ask about their own rates of patient satisfaction and the rate of complications following the procedures they’ve performed.

Choosing a specialist

How to find an ear nose and throat surgeon who specialises in the procedure.


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