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Nasal Polypectomy in Corpus Christi, TX

Do Nasal Polyps Need to Be Removed? 

Polyps are growths that occur in various parts of the body, including the colon, ear canal, stomach, and nose. Even though most polyps are benign, they are still carefully monitored and usually removed since any type of abnormal cell growth can eventually lead to cancer. Polyps can also cause difficulty when breathing, chronic stuffiness, postnasal drip, and even pain your face and teeth. So even in cases where the polyp isn’t malignant, you may want to remove them for quality of life issues.

What Is a Nasal Polypectomy?

Man holding his nose wondering if he needs a nasal polypectomy

The first step in treating nasal polyps is for your ENT to perform a biopsy and determine if the polyp is malignant or benign. If your ENT decides that the best course of action is to remove the polyp, then you will have a nasal polypectomy.

How Are Nasal Polyps Removed During Surgery?

This procedure is performed with the patient asleep (general anesthesia). A CT scan of the sinuses provides a road map for the surgery. Small endoscopes are gently inserted through the nostrils to illuminate and magnify the nasal and sinus cavities on a video monitor. The surgeon uses delicate, angled and curved instruments to open or dilate the sinus drainage pathways. Irreversibly diseased tissue and obstructing bone fragments can be carefully removed with the instruments under magnification. The most important principle in endoscopic sinus surgery is to preserve as much normal tissue as possible, allowing the sinuses to recover normal function.

If infected sinus cavities are encountered, they can be drained and washed out with sterile saltwater or antibiotic solution during the procedure. Polyps, malignant and benign tumors, fungus balls, and stagnant mucous buildups can also be removed.

Endoscopic surgery can also be utilized to correct a deviated septum, reduce enlarged turbinate tissue, remove overgrown adenoid tissue, relieve compression of the optic nerve and eye, repair cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and reconstruct defects in the wall between the brain and sinuses.

 Endoscopic sinus surgery is often used to treat polyps. Dr. Weiss routinely performs this surgery in an outpatient setting. Sometimes, polyps come back, even after surgery. Ongoing medical management is required to prevent their reoccurrence.

Dr. Weiss performing a nasal polypectomy

Our In-Office Sinus Procedures Use Conscious Sedation Anesthesia

Conscious sedation anesthesia is provided through an IV by a board certified Anesthesiologist from Gulf Shore Anesthesia Associates. This allows you to have the procedure performed without you feeling any discomfort. For conscious sedation anesthesia no breathing tube or airway equipment is required. This is safer than undergoing general anesthesia in an operating room. Minimal local numbing medicine is still applied during the procedure to minimize any postoperative discomfort.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Nasal Polypectomy?

Recovery from a nasal polypectomy is very similar to a septoplasty. Dr. Weiss uses dissolvable nasal packing after the surgery to prevent formation of hematoma and to keep the septum straight for the first few days. This is usually removed in the office about 3 days after the surgery.

Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy

Corpus Christi, TX

5641 Esplanade Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78414

Call: 361-320-6130

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