What is a Nasal Endoscopy?

December 7, 2011

Nasal endoscopy is a procedure used to observe the nasal passages internally. Along with the nasal passages the larynx, pharynx and surrounding areas can also be viewed and checked for any abnormality. This procedure helps diagnose problems such as sinusitis, nasal polyps and blockage, or any type of laryngeal trauma.

Procedure For Conducting a Nasal Endoscopy

The nasal endoscopy procedure makes use of a long thin tube called an endoscope that is inserted into the nasal passage. The procedure is generally conducted in a clinic. The patient is required to sit on a chair and an anesthetic spray is applied to the throat. Once the area gets numb, the endoscope is inserted through the nostril until it reaches the vocal cords in the throat. There is a camera and a light at the tip of the endoscope that records images that are later studied and help with the diagnosis.

Cost, Risks and Side Effects

The endoscope is then withdrawn but the patient will have to refrain from eating or drinking for a few hours after the procedure. Nasal endoscopy risks are minimal but people who have a tendency for nosebleeds should avoid this procedure. Nasal endoscopy side effects include allergic reactions to the anesthesia, infections, sore throat, headaches, chipped teeth, and stomach problems post the procedure. Nasal endoscopy costs range from $250 to $300 not including doctor’s consultation fees. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of nasal endoscopy. Check with your provider if this procedure is covered in your premium.

Nasal endoscopy by itself is merely a diagnostic tool and does not provide any treatment. Once a problem is identified, the next step towards deciding on the proper course of treatment can be taken. One such treatment is nasal endoscopic surgery. Also referred to as sinuscopy, this surgery is used to remove sinus blockages using an endoscope and specially designed surgical instruments. These are used to remove the sources of the blockage and clear the sinuses up, improving breathing significantly. Nasal endoscopic surgery lasts for two to three hours and is generally performed under local anesthesia. The patient is allowed to return home on the same day of the surgery or at the most kept in hospital for one night. Nasal endoscopic surgery is a relatively new procedure and is also used to treat problems such as nasal polyps, tumors, deviated septum, and helps relive breathing difficulties, facial pain caused by sinus, and improve the sense of smell and taste.

Submitted by N on December 7, 2011 at 11:46

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