The first step in achieving a diagnosis is a careful review of each patient’s medical history and symptoms. When more information is needed, a diagnostic instrument called “nasal endoscope” is used and the procedure performed is called “nasal endoscopy.”
What Is A Nasal Endoscope?
A nasal endoscope is a camera with a thin fiberoptic light and magnification attached.
What Are The Advantages Of A Nasal Endoscopy?
A nasal endoscopy provides superior visualization, optimizing our ability to evaluate the causes of your symptoms: Is it infectious? Could there be an allergic component? Is it inflammation? Is there anatomic obstruction, masses, polyps, etc.? Using an endoscope eliminates guesswork, allowing us to provide an accurate diagnosis and expedite your healing!
How Is A Nasal Endoscopy Procedure Performed?
During a nasal endoscopy, the instrument gently passes through the nostril and provides a detailed look at the nasal anatomy, central airway, and posterior (further back) aspects of the nose and nostrils.
How Long Does A Nasal Endoscopy Take?
This process takes less than thirty (30) seconds.
Is A Nasal Endoscopy Painful?
It may be slightly uncomfortable but is not painful.
Why Might I Need a Nasal Endoscopy?
Dr. Gould may want to perform a nasal endoscopy to gain information that may identify the source of acute or ongoing symptoms. The endoscopy may diagnose or monitor:
- Nasal and sinus infection (rhinosinusitis)
- Nasal blockage
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal tumors
- Loss of ability to smell
- Cerebrospinal fluid leak
In many cases, the nasal endoscopy is performed as a diagnostic test. However, it can also be used as a clinical treatment. For example, if the doctor finds that nasal blockage is caused by a physical object, he may remove it. If chronic symptoms are found to be caused by nasal polyps, these may be treated at the time of the endoscopy. The majority of nasal endoscopies performed are done to explore the reason for rhinosinusitis. In addition to congestion, this condition can cause facial pain and the drainage of greenish or yellow fluid from the nose.
How Do I Prepare for Nasal Endoscopy?
During your visit to discuss nasal endoscopy, it's important to be transparent about your medical history, medications that you take, and lifestyle habits that may affect your test. Dr. Gould will need to know if you take blood thinners. It isn't only prescription blood thinners that may need to be paused, but over-the-counter medications or supplements that may thin the blood, as well. Aside from considering whether or not you need to stop any medication or supplement use, you can expect to continue your normal routine right up until your procedure. You can eat and drink normally and take your prescribed medications as directed unless instructed otherwise.
What Can I Expect After My Nasal Endoscopy?
Your nasal endoscopy is performed using a local anesthetic, which is sprayed into your nostrils before the doctor begins your test. You don't need any sedative or other medication, so you can expect to be able to drive yourself home immediately after your appointment. Your nose and throat may feel numb for about an hour after you leave the office. Until you regain full sensation in the throat, specifically, please do not eat or drink. You may be advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after your nasal endoscopy. However, it is safe to resume most light activities right after this procedure.
What Our Patients Have To Say
“I made a consultation here finally after years of sinus and allergy problems. Dr. Gould and his staff knew exactly the treatment I needed and what to do to prevent future problems. I had to have surgery, and as this was my first surgery, Dr. Gould and his staff made me feel at ease and answered any and all questions I had. I highly recommend this office and wish I made an appointment sooner!” -David R.
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To learn more about our Nasal Endoscopy procedures, call us at 314.473.5433 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves St. Louis, MO and the surrounding areas.