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NYC Nasal Polyp Removal (Polypectomy)

Nasal Polyp Removal

At our NYC ear nose and throat practice, we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care, utilizing the latest and most advanced ear, nose, and throat technologies to diagnose and treat our patients. As a nationally-renowned otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience and numerous published scientific articles, Dr. David Volpi is highly qualified to diagnose and treat your nasal conditions. Learn more about nasal polyp surgery below, or request an appointment online.

What is Nasal Polyp Surgery?

Nasal polyp removal, or nasal polypectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes polyps in the nasal passages. These nasal polyps may be tied to chronic sinus infections, allergies, asthma or the result of an isolated phenomenon.

Why is Nasal Polyp Removal Performed?

In some cases, nasal polyps are small and cause no symptoms. Larger nasal polyps can keep the sinuses from draining, leading to infection. If you have nasal polyps, you may be more likely to suffer from frequent sinus infections.

Most people with nasal polyps are first prescribed nasal corticosteroid sprays, which can reduce the size of polyps and restore normal sinus function. When nasal polyps are large and obstructive or do not respond to medications, a nasal polypectomy may be recommended.

What are the Benefits of Nasal Polyp Removal?

Nasal polyps can lead to symptoms that hinder your quality of life, including trouble breathing and chronic sinus infections. By removing polyps, your sinuses can drain properly, which can improve your overall health.

What Can I Expect During Nasal Polyp Surgery?

Nasal polyp removal is performed in-office, using local anesthesia. A small mechanical suction device called a microdebrider is used to completely remove your nasal polyps. Endoscopic imaging tools provide a clear view into the nasal passages during the procedure, so that it can be performed precisely and efficiently. Since the procedure is performed via your nostrils, no external incisions will be necessary.

What is the Recovery Time for Nasal Polyp Surgery?

Following your nasal polyp surgery, you will be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately. You should avoid strenuous activity for the first several days so that your nose can fully heal. Any nasal discharge or congestion that you experience should dissipate within a few days. For a few weeks following surgery, you should avoid smoky polluted areas and use care while blowing your nose.

What are the Risks of Nasal Polyp Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with nasal polypectomy. Side effects from nasal polyp surgery are rare. Complications that could result from nasal polypectomy include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Sinus infections
  • The development of scar tissue which adheres the sides of your nose together
  • Reactions to anesthesia

Where do I Find the Best Nasal Polyp Surgeon in New York City?

Dr. David O. Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of specialized experience. Dr. Volpi is on staff at the premier hospitals in New York City, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is well-known for his state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions.

During your nasal polyp consultation at either his Upper East Side or Upper West Side office, Dr. Volpi will evaluate your symptoms and recommend a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. If nasal polyp surgery is indicated, Dr. Volpi will perform the procedure in-office.

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