Having healthy nostrils is essential for breathing. Through the nose, we inhale and exhale the air needed by our body organs to function. When polyps block your nose, you can experience difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell, and recurring infections. Luckily your Surprise sinus surgery specialist can help you clear your air passage to help you enjoy a quality life.
What causes nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps can be caused by inflammation of the mucus membrane of sinuses and nasal cavities. Other risk factors are involved with nasal polyps. These include:
- If you are asthmatic, your airway may swell and become narrow
- Allergic rhinitis where you experience cold-like symptoms due to an allergic reaction
- Allergic fungal sinusitis if you are allergic to airborne fungi
Symptoms of nasal polyps
It is hard to notice if you have small polyps. Still, when they are large, they show symptoms like a blocked nose, runny nose, reduced or unavailable sense of smell, snoring, post-nasal drip, headache, recurring nosebleeds, and lack of taste.
Diagnosis of nasal polyps
Your doctor will talk you over the experienced symptoms. Your doctor may recommend you undergo further tests like a blood test to check for vitamin D deficiency if need be.
They use imaging tests like a computerized tomography scan to check your nasal passages for polyp’s location and size and nasal endoscopy to have a comprehensive examination inside your nose.
Allergy tests to find out if allergies are the cause of your chronic inflammation by performing skin tests. In the case of a child, your doctor may recommend a cystic fibrosis test to measure the quantity of chloride and sodium in your child’s sweat.
Treatment of nasal polyps
At Oasis Ear, Nose, and Throat, your specialist doctor uses minimally invasive surgery to treat your nasal polyps after exhausting all other clinical options.
Preparation before the endoscopic nasal polyp’s surgery
- Your doctor may prescribe some medication to reduce inflammation before the surgery.
- If you smoke, your doctor will request you to stop smoking for 3 – 4 weeks before the surgery.
- Your doctor will also advise you on which medication you should avoid, such as anticoagulation and aspirin two weeks before surgery to avoid the risk of bleeding.
- Your doctor will recommend you have an empty stomach on your surgery day, so you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery day.
Endoscopic nasal polyps surgery
Endoscopic nasal surgery is an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia will be used during the procedure.
Your surgeon will insert an endoscope which is a small tube with a tiny camera, into your nostrils, guide it into your sinus cavities and use tiny instruments to remove your polyps and any other tissues blocking your sinuses.
Your doctor may recommend you use the saltwater rinse to aid your healing after surgery.
For more comprehensive details on how to be free from nasal polyps, call or book an appointment online with Oasis Ear, Nose, and Throat.