Nasal endoscopies are vital for diagnosing and treating chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, deviated septum, congestion, blockages and other nasal conditions. Understanding what this procedure entails and how to prepare for it can help ease any concerns about undergoing a nasal endoscopy.
Nasal endoscopies have become increasingly common. A study on Medicare patients from 2000 to 2016 revealed a significant increase of 313% in the number of nasal endoscopies performed. Understanding the procedure and what to expect can help alleviate any anxiety or concerns.
During a nasal endoscopy, your ENT specialist will insert a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera (endoscope) into your nasal passages to view your sinuses in detail. After the procedure, your ENT provider can make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your sinus conditions.
What to Know about the procedure
Knowing what to expect during your nasal endoscopy can help calm any nerves you may be feeling. Most procedures will follow similar steps:
- Before the procedure. To ensure a successful nasal endoscopy, your ENT specialist may recommend you stop taking certain medications and avoid eating or drinking within a specific timeframe of your procedure. Although nasal endoscopies are generally quick, outpatient procedures, scheduling a ride to and from the process is recommended in case of shakiness or other temporary reactions that may prevent you from driving.
- During the procedure. Nasal endoscopies are typically performed on an outpatient basis. You will be positioned comfortably, and a local anesthetic may be applied to your nasal passages to minimize discomfort. The endoscope will then be gently inserted into your nostril, allowing the ENT specialist to visualize the nasal cavity and identify any abnormalities.
- After the procedure. Following the nasal endoscopy, you may experience temporary mild discomfort or congestion. Once the results are reviewed, your ENT specialist will explain the findings and discuss potential treatment options.
How Can You Relax Before the Procedure?
Feeling a little stressed or anxious when undergoing a medical procedure is normal. By taking time to relax before your endoscopy, you can help ensure a more stress-free experience. Try reading your favorite novel from Main Street Books, going out to see a movie or taking a yoga class before your procedure.
Remember, nasal endoscopies are routine and safe procedures. Share your concerns with your ENT specialist if you feel nervous before your endoscopy. They are there to support you and walk you through the procedure. To learn more about nasal endoscopies, contact Midwest ENT Centre today to make an appointment with one of our specialists.