Polyps can cause severe nasal obstruction. They are not precancerous and are often associated with allergies or even asthma. While certain medications can help control polyps, it is often necessary to remove them provide relief. Some patients require general anesthesia to remove polyps; however, many individuals can have them removed in the office under local anesthesia.
Causes of Polyps:
The cause of polyps is unknown, however they are often associated with allergies, recurring sinus infections, asthma, or even cystic fibrosis.
Symptoms of Polyps:
Nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell and taste, mouth breathing, snoring, runny nose, post-nasal drip.
Depending on the severity of the polyps, Dr. Davis removes them either under local anesthesia in the office or under general anesthesia a nearby operating room. Using the guidance of a small endoscope and a video monitor, he uses delicate instruments called shavers to remove them through the nose. He will often place a small, temporary, dissolvable implant in the nose called Propel that releases a gentle steroid to help the healing process. Dr. Davis does not use packing. Post-procedure discomfort is controlled with prescription medications. Light physical activity is recommended for a couple of days when the procedure is performed in the office and about a week when it is performed in the operating room.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*