Nasal Polyp Surgery

Nasal PolypsTreating Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps can be difficult to get rid of permanently, but steroid medication can often help shrink them, and surgery can be carried out to remove them if medication doesn't help.

Dr. Bublik may initially prescribe nose drops or a nasal spray that contains steroid medicine (corticosteroids). These can reduce inflammation in your nose and help shrink your polyps.

Steroid nose drops may be recommended first because these generally work faster than sprays. However, they are usually only prescribed for around two weeks because they can cause side effects.

Common side effects include:

  • irritation of the inside of the nose
  • sore throat
  • nosebleeds

If your symptoms improve while taking the drops, long-term treatment with a steroid nasal spray will usually be recommended to reduce the chances of the polyps returning quickly.

Speak Dr. Bublik if your symptoms don't improve while using a steroid spray or nose drops. You may require additional treatment with steroid tablets.

Nasal Polyp Surgery

Surgery to remove nasal polyps may be recommended if steroid medication doesn't help or your polyps are particularly large.

The procedure to remove nasal polyps is called endoscopic sinus surgery. It's carried out under general anaesthetic, sometimes as a day procedure. The surgeon will pass an endoscope (a tube with a video camera at one end) into your nostrils to allow them to see inside your nose and sinuses.

Dr. Bublik will pass an endoscope (a tube with a video camera at one end) into your nostrils to allow them to see inside your nose and sinuses.

After Surgery

You will be observed for a few hours. If a dressing has been used, it will be removed from your nose after this time. If there is no bleeding, you will be discharged and allowed home to continue your recovery.

You will usually be advised to rest for around two weeks after surgery. Dr. Bublik will be able to give you more detailed information and advice.

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