The Secret to Treating Nasal Polyps without Surgery

The Secret to Treating Nasal Polyps without Surgery

Generally speaking, surgery is the last step used to treat any illness or condition. Incisions made into the body can damage healthy tissue, introduce the risk for infection, and create the need for a recovery period. 

Each of these risks can be minimized by avoiding surgery. That’s why new, nonsurgical innovations cause excitement and often become a new standard for treatment. When it comes to reversing the problems created by nasal polyps, Sinuva® is such a nonsurgical solution. 

Otolaryngologist Alexis Furze, MD, whose practice is in Newport Beach, California, recommends Sinuva for patients who have nasal polyps that are severe enough to cause symptoms. Sinuva requires no incisions and delivers active medication directly to where it’s needed.

In this blog, Dr. Furze explains what nasal polyps are and how Sinuva can treat them.

The basics of nasal polyps 

Nasal polyps are benign growths that form on the nasal passages and sinuses. These teardrop-shaped nodules superficially resemble skin tags that can form elsewhere on the body. 

While polyps don’t directly cause medical issues, they take up valuable space within the breathing passages and sinuses, which can cause problems with drainage in these areas. These problems can lead to conditions that support bacterial infections, inflammation, congestion, and breathing difficulties. 

An overall look at treating nasal polyps

Polyps that are large enough to cause problems can be surgically removed, but this is usually a last resort. Even if you have nasal polyps surgically removed, they may return, which is a problem with every treatment method for these fleshy growths. 

Conventionally, nasal polyp treatments start with methods that attempt to shrink the size of the polyps using medication. This only becomes necessary if you start to experience symptoms from enlarged polyps. These symptoms can include: 

You may also find that you snore more frequently or loudly with blocked nasal passages resulting from polyps. 

Using Sinuva to treat nasal polyps

When it comes to shrinking the size of nasal polyps, mometasone furoate — which is a corticosteroid — does a great job. However, delivering it with a nasal spray has limited effectiveness, because the medicine may not make direct contact with the polyps.

This is where Sinuva comes in. Sinuva is a small stent that is placed where the nasal polyps are, and it gradually delivers mometasone furoate directly to the polyps for 90 days, shrinking the polyps over a three-month period.

Sinuva shows few side effects for most patients, and it's an excellent option for patients who develop new polyps after polyp removal surgery. Furthermore, the stent can be placed during a routine office visit.

If you’re bothered by nasal polyps, Dr. Furze can help. To learn more about Sinuva and to see if it might be able to help you, call 949-389-6673 to book an appointment with the practice of Alexis Furze, MD, today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

When to See a Doctor for Postnasal Drip

It might be the worst part of having a cold. You’ve felt rough for a week, you’re beginning to feel better, and then your postnasal drip won’t stop. In fact, it starts to irritate your throat again. While it usually passes, there are times when it needs me

Can Eyelid Surgery Help Me See Better?

As you age, your skin thins and loses elasticity. And, gravity can make sagging even more pronounced. Sagging skin in the eyelids may not only create a tired appearance, but it may also affect your eyesight. Read on to learn more.

What Happens During Revision Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a complex surgery, because both aesthetics and function are essential to a successful result. With a revision rhinoplasty, we make adjustments to the original procedure.

How to Get Rid of a Bothersome Scar

While small cuts and scrapes can often heal without a trace, more serious wounds and surgical incisions can leave fibrous scar tissue behind. The good news is, there are things you can do to eliminate or reduce the appearance of scars.

8 Potential Causes of Your Runny Nose

If it’s outside of allergy season and you don’t have a cold, you can still suffer from a runny nose. There can be a number of reasons for this annoying problem. Here are eight of them.