Nasal endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your otolaryngologist to look inside your nasal and sinus passages. It is performed using a thin, rigid or flexible tube with a tiny camera and a light on the end. The camera shows images of the inside of your nose and sinus passages on a video screen.
Nasal endoscopy with debridement is a similar procedure, but it also involves removing any crusting, nasal polyps, or other debris that may be present in the nasal and sinus passages. This can help to improve airflow and relieve symptoms. It can also be used after surgery to prevent scarring. Read on to learn more about the difference between these two minor procedures.
What is a diagnostic nasal endoscopy?
Nasal endoscopy is done with an endoscope, which is a thin, rigid or flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. This allows your healthcare provider to get a close-up view of the inside of your nose and sinuses. This procedure is often essential to the in-office evaluation of nose and sinus issues. It can often be performed the same day as your office visit and typically not painful. Topical anesthetic may be sprayed in your nose to limit sensation in the nose.
What is nasal endoscopy with debridement?
Nasal endoscopy with debridement is a procedure that involves uses a small camera to aid in the removal of crusting, nasal polyps, or other debris that may be blocking the nasal and sinus passages. This procedure can help to improve airflow and relieve symptoms. Nasal debridement can be used to biopsy masses in the nose. It can also be used after surgery to prevent scarring.
Debridement of the nose usually requires topical anesthesia since it requires removing content from the nasal surfaces. Nasal endoscopy with debridement can be performed safely in the office with minor discomfort.
How are they different?
A diagnostic nasal endoscopy is a procedure to look at the nasal and sinus passages, whereas nasal endoscopy with debridement involves not only visualization but also intervention with the removal of nasal cavity material or tissue.
Which one do I need?
There are two common types of minor endoscopic nasal procedures designed for diagnosing nasal issues, promoting nasal healing after surgery, and providing symptomatic relief from crusting, debris, and polyps: diagnostic nasal endoscopy and nasal endoscopy with debridement. The former is used to assess the nose and sinuses visually and determine the cause of any problems, while the latter is performed in order to clear out any blockages or infected tissue. Depending on the individual situation, either procedure may be recommended. Both procedures can comfortably be performed in the office.
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