What is a nasal endoscopy?
Nasal endoscopy is a procedure that allows the otolaryngologist to observe, examine and apply treatments inside the nasal cavity with the help of an endoscope.
You can diagnose diseases in the nostrils and paranasal sinuses and even perform minor surgeries.
This examination is possible thanks to the endoscope, a thin, elongated, flexible instrument connected to a camera and inserted painlessly and minimally invasively into the nose to observe and diagnose the patient’s problems.
The images detected by the tiny camera are transmitted on a screen that allows the doctor to identify and treat all kinds of blockages that can be found inside the nose.
To carry out this process, the professional must prepare the area with a decongestant and analgesic that allows to numb the site; the entire evaluation can take about 5 or 10 minutes to complete.
What is this exam for?
Nasal endoscopy helps help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis of your nose condition.
For example, in the case of people suffering from infectious rhinitis, the best way to find the cause and treat the disease is through this procedure.
The use of the endoscope is practical; it is used for various applications, from observing the paranasal sinuses and nasal passages, extraction of samples for biopsies, suctioning mucus, residues, and other masses to surgery solve obstruction by polyps.
In general, this exam serves to provide a clearer vision to the specialist of the current condition of your nostrils and, with this information, diagnose any disease that can cause discomfort and minimize your quality of life.
When should I have a nasal endoscopy?
When the otorhinolaryngologist recommends this procedure, it is necessary to verify a diagnosis.
Some nose conditions can be treated without the use of this procedure. However, other cases require a deeper visualization.
This means that the application of this procedure is necessary when your rhinology specialist doctor requests it to diagnose or rule out diseases such as:
Professionals generally decide to perform this procedure when patients present acute symptoms such as:
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Frequently asked questions about nasal endoscopy
Although it may seem like a complex procedure at first glance, it does not compromise the patient’s sensitivity.
The patient does not feel anything during the process, thanks to applying anesthesia and decongestants before the session. These medications help keep the person comfortable and calm while manipulating the endoscope.
The most significant risk may be a pain, which is avoided with local anesthetics.
Some patients report feeling the pressure as the instrument enters their nose and probes deeply into the nostrils.
It can also be reported that the effect of anesthesia can compromise the mouth and throat, which leaves a feeling of numbness and inability to swallow. Still, it is an effect that passes within twenty minutes.
It may be the case that you feel like sneezing; if this is your case, tell your doctor, he will know how to act.
The result is the video obtained, which can be evaluated immediately after the procedure, and, if necessary, a written report is provided.
This short exam, which is carried out with the help of a sophisticated instrument and with the interpretation of an experienced professional, is priced at: