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Nasal polyps are growths of abnormal tissue that may form in your nose or sinuses. They are usually benign (non-cancerous) and may not even cause any symptoms.

Larger polyps can block your nasal passages causing breathing difficulty, frequent infections and loss of your sense of smell or taste.

If conservative treatment for your nasal polyps is not successful your consultant may recommend a nasal polypectomy.

What happens during nasal polypectomy?

A nasal polypectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes. Your consultant will access your polyps through your nostrils so there will be no incision (cut). Your polyps will be removed using special suction and instruments. They will pack your nose with dressing to help control any bleeding.

Nasal polypectomy is usually done as a day case meaning you should be able to go home the day of your procedure. Sometimes an overnight stay is necessary.

Going home after nasal polypectomy

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to drive you home when you are discharged.

It is normal for you to experience some bleeding from your nose the night of your procedure after the nasal packs are removed. If the bleeding increases or cannot be stopped contact your GP or your nearest A&E department.

Avoid blowing your nose for 2-3 days after your surgery. Use over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol

Your nose will feel blocked for several days after your polypectomy. This should ease within 2-3 weeks.

It is normal for the mucus produced by your nose to be slightly bloody for a few days. If you experience any fever or the mucus from your nose is a strange colour you should seek medical attention.

Most patients can return to normal activities 1-2 weeks after nasal polypectomy. You should avoid smoky areas or crowded places where you might be exposed to a cold or flu during your recovery.

Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Most people recover well from nasal polypectomy. As with any procedure there can be complications such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Pain

Specific complications of nasal polypectomy may include:

  • Bruising around your eyes
  • Polyps may come back

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns with your consultant?