What Are Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are benign inflammatory growths in the nasal and sinus cavities. Nasal polyps cause symptoms because they can cause nasal drip, obstruction of airflow, and blockage of the sinus drainage pathways. The treatment of this condition typically involves multiple medical and surgical options.

Nasal Polyp Removal

Nasal polyps can be removed in the office or in the operating room with the aid of an endoscope. An endoscope is a small thin tube that allows me to look into the small nasal passages and visualize the polyps. Traditionally, the instruments used to remove polyps are endoscopic forceps such as Blakesly or Through-cut forceps. These forceps come in different variations, sizes and angles.

Fungus in sinus removal

Removal Process

The principal instrument I use to efficiently remove nasal polyps is called the microdebrider. Multiple companies make different variations of this instrument. Arguably, the best microdebrider on the market is the Medtronic Straightshot M5 Microdebrider. I am lucky enough to not only have access to this instrument in the operating room, but even in the office. This instrument essentially cuts and suctions nasal polyps quickly while preserving normal tissue. The microdebrider is also calibrated with both our operating room and in-office navigation system. This allows me to be aggressive with removing polyps while still maintaining a high safety profile and speeding up the procedure time.

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