4 November 2014 (Tuesday) - Nasal Polypectomy
Nasal polyps are growths of abnormal tissue that form in the nose or deeper sinuses. They are usually benign, but larger polyps can block nasal passages causing breathing difficulty and sleep apnoea. It's quite amazing just how much sinus space one has, and how blocked they can become.
If conservative treatment for nasal polyps is not successful or if polyps are problematical a consultant may recommend a nasal polypectomy. This is (usually) performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes. The surgeon will access polyps through the nostrils so there will be no incision. Polyps will be removed using special suction and instruments.
After surgery the nose is packed with dressing to help control any bleeding.
Nasal polypectomy is usually done as a day case however sometimes an overnight stay is necessary.
There is a world of difference between reading these dull dry words and having one's sinuses surgically ravaged....