What is a Nasal Endoscopy?

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shutterstock_2771160291The name might be a little frightening, but a nasal endoscopy can be a very helpful procedure for those who suffer from recurrent, acute sinus issues. This quick and painless procedure will help determine what is causing your sinus issues and the best course of treatment.

What happens during a Nasal Endoscopy?

A nasal endoscopy is a quick, painless evaluation of the inside of your nose using a medical device called an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube lined with fiber optic cables for light and a video camera on the end to capture images. Before the procedure, you will be given some sort of topical decongestant, topical anesthetic, and numbing spray to widen the nasal passages and reduce discomfort. The nasal endoscopy usually takes 5-10 minutes, and explores the septum, turbinates, and opening of the sinuses. The images captured, along with any tissue samples that may be collected, will allow your doctor to determine what is causing your sinus problems.

Why should you do it?

Monitor of Woman's SinusesA nasal endoscopy may be beneficial if you’re experiencing:

  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Regular congestion
  • Recurring sinus pressur
  • No long-term solution from medications or nasal sprays

With this simple diagnostic procedure, your ENT specialist will be able to determine what specific problems are present and what can be done to fix them.

Who should you see to have it done?

Though your general physician may have to tools to perform the procedure, it is recommended that you visit an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, or ENT, to have it done. Board-certified ENTs are trained to ensure that patients are properly numbed and that they feel no discomfort during the endoscopy. In addition, as specialists in sinus issues, they’ll know just where to look for problems and the best course of treatment to resolve them.

If you’re tired of dealing with your recurrent sinus problems and are looking for a long-term solution, getting a nasal endoscopy is a step in the right direction. Make an appointment with Dr. Pasha today and treat your sinuses now.