Patient’s Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are nasal polyps and how do they form?

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.

Q. What are common symptoms associated with nasal polyps?

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.

Q. What are the treatment options for nasal polyps?

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.

Q. What are the advantages of polyp removal?

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.

Q. Do I need to do any special preparation for nasal polyp removal ahead of my office visit?

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.

Q. How does nasal polyp removal with PolypVac compare with traditional polyp removal?

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.

Q. How long does the procedure take?

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.

Q. Is nasal polyp removal with the PolypVac painful?

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.

Q. What is the recovery time after nasal polyp removal with PolypVac?

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.

Q. After nasal polyp removal with PolypVac, will I still need steroids or other sinus medication?

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.

Q. Is nasal polyp removal with PolypVac covered by my health insurance plan?

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.

Q. Is PolypVac cleared for use by the FDA?

A. Yes, the PolypVac is cleared by the FDA for use in polyp removal procedures

Q. How can I find a doctor who performs nasal polyp removal with PolypVac?

A. To locate a doctor already using the PolypVac near you, click here. 

Q. How can I share information on PolypVac with my current ENT doctor?

A. Feel free to download and/or print our patient information brochure here, and bring it to your doctor, or refer them to polypvac.com.