Nasal Endoscopy Procedure
An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that utilizes a small camera attached to a tube (an endoscope) to get a better view of internal organs or structures. As you may have guessed, a nasal endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting one of these small cameras into the nose to examine the nasal passages and sinuses.
Why Would I Need a Nasal Endoscopy?
The endoscope not only has a high definition camera, but also a flashlight to help your gastroenterologist get a clear depiction of your internal nasal structures. These insights are key to proper diagnosis and treatment of common nasal conditions such as:
- Nasal polyps
- A compromised sense of smell
- A deviated septum
- A blocked nasal passage
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Nasal tumors
- A sinus infection
- Leaking cerebrospinal fluid
Are There Any Risks Associated With a Nasal Endoscopy Procedure?
A nasal endoscopy is a very minimal procedure. The patient will be numbed to prevent them from feeling any discomfort during the endoscopy, and the entire process lasts only a few minutes.
Afterward, patients can expect the area to remain numb for up to one hour. It is best to avoid eating or drinking during this brief period of time. Other possible yet rare complications from a nasal endoscopy include:
- Bleeding from the nose
- A reaction to the numbing agent
What Happens After My Nasal Endoscopy?
Once the gastroenterologist has a clear view of your nasal and sinus passages, they will likely be able to determine the source of your nasal problems quite quickly. The doctor will then recommend an ideal treatment plan based on your individual diagnosis.
If the results of your nasal endoscopy are inconclusive, your physician will likely recommend further testing.
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