Nasal polyps are teardrop-shaped growths that form in the nose and sinuses due to chronic inflammation, like if you have allergies and frequently visit Tucson Botanical Gardens. If your nasal polyps are causing loss of smell, nasal pressure, congestion or sinus infections and haven’t responded to other treatments, surgery may be necessary. Below we review everything you need to know about nasal polyp removal, recovery and aftercare.
The procedure to remove nasal polyps is known as endoscopic sinus surgery. The entire outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes, and you should be able to go home the same day.
To begin the procedure, your physician will first put you under general anesthesia. Next, they’ll advance a small tube with a lighted magnifying lens or camera through the nostrils and into the sinuses to see what they are doing. Then, they’ll use instruments to remove the polyps and any other substances blocking the nasal and sinus cavities. They may also enlarge the openings of your nasal and sinus passageways.
Recovery from Nasal Polyp Removal
The body’s natural response to trauma after nasal polyps are removed contribute to post-surgery outcomes. However, most people can expect to return to work within one week of surgery and all regular activities within three weeks. Note that it may take a month or two to feel completely normal again, and you’ll need to attend regular doctor’s visits for at least three to four months post-surgery.
While you’re recovering, you can expect:
- It’s normal to experience bloody discharge from the nose for three to five days after surgery. Afrin spray can help manage bleeding.
- The nasal and sinus passageways may feel achy for several days after surgery, but this can be managed with extra-strength Tylenol in most cases.
- You may feel very tired for about a week after surgery, which is why we recommend taking time off work.
Nasal Polyp Removal Aftercare
It’s important to take care of yourself after surgery to ensure you heal properly and quickly.
After surgery, you should avoid the following for at least a week or two:
- Blowing your nose
- Exercising strenuously
- Taking aspirin/other NSAIDs
- Using steroid nasal sprays
On the other hand, you should:
- Use saline nasal spray
- Perform sinus irrigation
- Attend postoperative visits
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Arizona Desert Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today.