What is a Nasal Polyp Removal?
Nasal polyp removal is a surgical healthcare procedure performed to remove swollen skin lining the insides of the nasal sinuses (the spaces inside the hollow bones of the bones).Â Allergy or infection may cause the skin lining the insides of the sinus in the nose to swell.Â This swollen skin, called polyp, hampers easy breathing through the nose.Â
Who Requires a Nasal Polyp Removal?
Difficulty breathing is usually the most common symptom for those who require nasal polyp removal, but in some instances, obvious signs are not as apparent, and only qualified healthcare professionals can determine whether or not a patient requires this procedure.Â While tablets and drugs may help in shrinking the polyps temporarily, a nasal polyp removal procedure is required to treat this condition permanently.Â Failure to treat this condition will not only result in respiratory problems, but it also increases the likelihood of future sinus infections.Â
What Happens in Nasal Polyp Removal?
After placing the patient under general anesthesia, the surgeon inserts small instruments inside the nose to remove the polyps, which are sent to the laboratory for examination.Â There is no cut made on the outer part of the nose.Â The sinus is washed out thoroughly to remove any infections and a soaked cotton gauze is placed inside the nose to stop the bleeding.Â Healthcare providers supply painkillers to manage the mild ache inside the nose and the cotton gauze is removed before discharge.Â Patients are advised to breathe through the mouth for the first few days.Â All kinds of strenuous activities should be avoided for the first couple of weeks and patients should avoid smoky or polluted environments.Â Patients are usually able to resume all regular activities within three weeks of undergoing this procedure.