A. Nasal polyps are growths in the lining of the nose that can block nasal passages, contributing to symptoms, and hindering the nasal and sinus anatomy from functioning normally. Polyps may take different forms, and while their exact cause is unknown, they result from inflammation and are often associated with infection, asthma, allergies, aspirin sensitivity, and immune disorders.
A. Polyps can prevent normal nasal and sinus airflow and drainage and lead to difficulties breathing, smelling, and sleeping, as well as prevent topical medications from reaching the desired areas.
A. Nasal polyps and their corresponding symptoms are commonly treated with topical or oral steroidal medications, polyp removal (polypectomy), and in more severe cases, with endoscopic sinus surgery.
A. Short of endoscopic sinus surgery, removing nasal polyps is the most direct way to address the condition, without the side effects that many medications may have. Polyp removal may also be part of a combination of treatments used to both provide immediate relief, and prevent polyp recurrence.
A. Generally no, and nasal polyp removal is often performed during routine office visits. However, if you are taking any blood thinning medications, please notify your doctor beforehand.
A. Removal of nasal polyps in the office has traditionally been performed using a forceps or snare instrument, which can be slow, uncomfortable, and incomplete. Therefore, many patients would be taken to the operating room for sinus surgery under general anesthesia. The PolypVac allows doctors to perform polyp removal in a quick, simple and relatively painless office procedure avoiding general anesthesia and the long recovery that goes with it.
A. Polyp removal with the PolypVac is relatively quick, typically taking between five and twenty minutes, and may even be performed as part of a routine office exam.
A. Nasal polyps themselves lack sensation, so their removal is relatively painless. Any discomfort during the procedure is commonly compared with that of having your teeth cleaned. The same topical anesthetic spray, and perhaps soaked cotton, used during routine exams is generally applied.
A. Your doctor may apply a bit of cotton in your nose for a few minutes after removing the polyps, but otherwise, as there is no general anesthetic, you’re generally free to resume your day without restrictions after polyp removal.
A. Polyp removal with the PolypVac may reduce or eliminate the need for oral steroidal medications, however sinus rinses or sprays are often important after polyp removal to prevent polyp recurrence.
A. Yes, nasal polyp removal (polypectomy) is a standard procedure that is covered by virtually all health insurance plans. Consult your physician or insurer for more details about your coverage.
A. Yes, the PolypVac is cleared by the FDA for use in polyp removal procedures