Nasal Polyps
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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Nasal Polyps New York City

Nasal Polyps Surgery

Undergoing treatment for nasal polyps in New York City can improve breathing function and relieve the effects of sinus inflammation and congestion. Nasal polyps are benign (non-cancerous) growths that occur in the nasal passageways. Though nasal polyps do not pose a significant health risk, they can cause many unpleasant symptoms for patients. Nasal polyps can clog the airway and reduce your ability to breathe through your nose. These growths may also prevent the sinuses from properly draining, which can cause inflammation and sinus infections. At New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, Dr. Edward Shin offers nasal polyp surgery and a variety of non-invasive treatments to help alleviate the effects of nasal polyps.

NASAL POLYPS OVERVIEW
BENIGN GROWTHS FOUND IN THE SINUS LINING & NASAL PASSAGES
TEARDROP-SHAPED, PAINLESS GROWTHS THAT HANG DOWNWARD FROM THE NASAL CAVITY
CAN BLOCK THE NASAL PATHWAYS & RESTRICT THE FLOW OF AIR THROUGH THE NOSTRILS
MAY OBSTRUCT THE SINUSES FROM PROPERLY DRAINING, CAUSING MUCUS TO FILL THE SINUS CAVITIES
SINUSITIS, SINUS INFECTIONS, ALLERGIC RHINITIS, & ASTHMA CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE TO NASAL POLYPS
PATIENTS TYPICALLY EXPERIENCE RUNNY NOSE, CONGESTION, POST-NASAL DRIP, & IMPAIRED BREATHING
NON-INVASIVE TREATMENTS CAN CONTROL & RELIEVE SYMPTOMS
SURGERY MAY BE REQUIRED TO REMOVE POLYPS & UNCLOG THE AIRWAY
NASAL POLYPS CAN REOCCUR AFTER MONTHS OR YEARS
Nasal Polyps Treatment

What Are Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passages that may cause breathing difficulties and chronic sinusitis. Nasal polyps are soft and painless. These teardrop-shaped growths hang down from the top of the nasal cavity and can block airflow through the nose. Nasal polyps may also inhibit the sinuses from properly draining, which causes mucus to back up and fill the sinuses; this leads to more inflammation and increases the likelihood of developing a sinus infection.

What Causes Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps occur when the nasal passageways and sinuses become inflamed and swell. These growths may be linked to an underlying condition like sinusitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), or asthma. Additionally, nasal polyps in children may be an indicator of cystic fibrosis. Chronic sinus infections due to a sinus disorder may also contribute to the development of nasal polyps. Our sinus specialist can diagnose the cause of your nasal polyps during a comprehensive evaluation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Nasal Polyps?

As nasal polyps grow in size, they can partially block the nasal cavity and sinus pathways. An obstruction can impede airflow through the nostrils and cause the sinuses to fill with mucus, resulting in a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common indicators of nasal polyps are trouble breathing through the nose, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, and facial pressure. Patients who have nasal polyps typically feel like they have had a stuffy, runny nose and other allergy-related symptoms for months. Nasal polyps may also interfere with the flow of air to the olfactory mucosa, which can lead to a loss of smell or taste. Thick, discolored discharge and fever are typically only experienced if your nasal polyps are causing frequent sinus infections.

NASAL POLYPS SYMPTOMS
IMPAIRED BREATHING THROUGH THE NOSE
BLOCKAGE OF ONE OR BOTH NOSTRILS
NASAL CONGESTION
RUNNY NOSE & NASAL DISCHARGE
POST-NASAL DRIP
COUGHING
LOSS OF SMELL
IMPAIRED TASTE
PAIN AROUND THE UPPER TEETH
FACIAL TENDERNESS
HEADACHES
REOCCURRING SINUS INFECTIONS

What Are Some Common Nasal Polyp Treatments?

Smaller nasal polyps that are asymptomatic may not require any treatment. Larger polyps can block the nasal and sinus passages and require treatment to relieve symptoms. In some cases, nasal corticosteroid sprays and oral corticosteroids may help to shrink or eliminate nasal polyps. Our sinus specialist may prescribe antibiotics to treat a sinus infection that may be exacerbating your condition. Additionally, antihistamines and other allergy treatments may be recommended if allergic rhinitis is contributing to your nasal polyps. If nasal polyps do not respond to non-surgical treatments, then surgery may be necessary to remove the polyps and unclog the airway.

NASAL POLYP TREATMENTS
Nasal corticosteroid sprays
Oral corticosteroids
Medications
Antibiotics
Antihistamines
Nasal rinses
Surgical removal

Can Surgery Remove Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyp removal (also known as a nasal polypectomy) is designed to excise growths using the endoscopic sinus surgery approach. Our nasal polyp surgeon will insert an endoscope into the nasal cavity to see inside the nasal passages and identify nasal polyps. The endoscopic probe has a camera attached that transmits real-time images of your nasal cavity and sinuses; this allows our sinus surgeon to perform nasal polyp removal with greater precision and efficiency. Click here to learn more about endoscopic sinus surgery.

Can Nasal Polyps Grow Back Following Surgery?

There is always the possibility that nasal polyps return following removal. There is no way to know exactly if and when nasal polyps will return. Some patients go 3 years without experiencing a return of nasal polyps, while others are free of polyps for 10+ years. Dr. Shin can recommend treatment options like topical steroids and antibiotic irrigations to help delay the reoccurrence of nasal polyps. Post-surgery management and prevention can be further discussed during your consultation.

How Do I Learn More About Nasal Polyp Treatment In New York City?

Our nasal polyp surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss nasal polyps and treatments in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985