Nasal polyp removal
Juby

Lombard, IL

#102 Dec 3, 2008
Can some body tell methe cost of nasal polyps removal surgery(endoscopic or laser) in USA,preferably in chicago area.
Loubilou

London, UK

#104 Dec 16, 2008
Years ago I used to get nosebleeds every day at school but the suddenly stopped. I would constantly have what I thought was the cold until around 2 years ago when I went to a club and woke up the next day with a head cold and could not hear properly from my ears. The headcold disappeared but the blocked ears stayed. I have tried everything from warm olive oil to driving fast downs hills to try and pop my ears but they have still never popped. I went on holiday and the doctor there told me I had perferated eardrums (holes in the ears) I finally got an appointment at the ENT where my ears were tested (they were apparently fine) and an allergy test when I was told I have dustmite and cats allergies. I have just bought a new dustmite/allergy free mattress and happen to have a very clean house and it's still as bad. complete blockage in both ears and nostrills. very frustrating! I was given steroid spray and antihistemines which I take each day but it is still the same. I have had enough so I have called the ENT to ask for the op. HELP!!!
Nick

Billings, MT

#105 Dec 20, 2008
just had my nasal polyps removed on wednesday @ 10pm in billings mt. the doc didnt have to use packing on my sniffer. just had to put up with bleeding and drainage util 8pm that night. its now saturday and i can breath a lot better and i am starting to pick up on certain smells. still a little pain in the face and i get alittle dizzy when i do activities but if it keeps improving like it has in the last three days im gonna recomend this to anybody that has been dealing with polyps.
Michelle

Omaha, NE

#106 Dec 23, 2008
I was on prednisole and nasal sprays for around 3 years and now finally going for my first polyp surgery in 2 weeks. Doc is James Hartman at St John;s medical center ,St Louis. Though the doc suggested a week off from work, but I am planning to return after 3 days.....

Keep me in your prayers...
Vikram

Levittown, PA

#107 Dec 26, 2008
Tammy wrote:
. So I blew hard and out flew a polyp! My nose bled a little and is a little sore now, but otherwise clear. Can anybody explain this?(Anybody else hear of this?
Yes my uncle in India went to high altitude in Himalaya and off came the polyp.
meeeee

Wheaton, IL

#108 Dec 29, 2008
nooooooo,,,,,,,not again!!!
Sam

Northolt, UK

#109 Dec 31, 2008
Hi, Ive had 3 lots of polyp removal, and every operation seems to get better and better, and to be honest when you cant breath, smell or taste you dont care about having the op or the packing, it is truly worth it once its all done.

However 2 years on and I still have no sense of smell and it drives me mad! My left ear has started getting blocked and if I dont use a nasal decongestant every few hours my nose just blocks up!

I also take 2 antihistermine tablets a day which helps with my unknown allergies.

Gonna see my ent specialist in a few weeks and see what he says.
Vikram

Levittown, PA

#110 Jan 1, 2009
Hi,
Thanks to merciful God my nasal polyp condition has been pretty much been taken care of. I felt very bad with polyps and feel for all those who suffer from it. I would like to share what worked for me.

Without giving background- it's the homeopathic Calcarea Carbonate 30 C from Boiron that worked for me.

Other things I did along was exercise and Sahaja Yoga.

Now I found in an Indian homeopathic book that there are 6 different medicines for different symptoms of nasal polyp condition. I had left side blocked. I will later on translate the one page and write out name of medicines over here.

I did exercise where I closed mouth and did high jumping. One of my uncle with polyp went to high altitude in Himalya. Polyp came out for him as he huffed and puffed. So my dad came up with theory that recreating high altitude environment helps. It particularly helped me in earlier days when medicine was taking time to be effective.

I had been doing Sahaja Yoga before the condition and worked on nose sinus area controlling Chakra and prayed for it's balance and purity. Did few other things of Sahaja Yoga as well. This is more of faith treatment, so may not work if you look at it purely from medical treatment perspective.

Before I discovered Calcare Carbonate I took Thuja Occedentilis because it was the only name I found on net. My polyp just balooned after that. I spoke to Mom and she warned me against it. Said she and Dad took Thuja ointment 25 years back for some skin warts and they started mushrooming. Someone said they are getting ejected but it never appeared to stop.

After I stopped Thuja and took Calcare polyps have been gradually withdrawing deeper and shrinking. Although I did notice in Indian homeopathic book that Thuja was mentioned as well according to some symptoms.

I don't know why polyps happened to me, but I have been getting acute sinus every winter for last 3 years. Homeopathic for sinus helped earlier but this time I think I overmedicated and didn't know it was polyps. I took a lot of puffs with old Benezdrex inhaler as well. Maybe I tolerated sinus for long time as well.

I was very scared initially because culturally our family stays away from steroids and anti-biotics. I was considering going to India for cheap surgery. Anyway best of luck to everyone. I will try to find some time to translate 6 homeopathic medicines according to symptom.
Vikram

Levittown, PA

#111 Jan 2, 2009
OK, here are the homeopathic medicinces according to symptoms.
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Category 1
Nose bleeds. Yellow/green discharge. Blood easily drips from polyps

Phosphorus 30, thrice a day
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Category 2
Breathing stops on that side of nose on which one is sleeping. Whole nose blocked due to polyp. More so for rear part of nose.

Teucrium 6, thrice a day
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Category 3
Unable to smell. Polyp more on left side. Blood comes out easily of polyp.

Patient cold natured.

Calcarea Carb 30 or 200 thrice a day
NB: This took care of my polyps
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Category 4
Polyp along with sinus. Smelly white/greenish discharge from nose.No smell.

Blood drips easily.

Thuja 30 or 200 as mentioned on medicine

NB: I did not have good experience with Thuja. My polyps sort of merged and balooned up.

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Category 5
Polyps on right side. Injuries in nostrils and sheath/cracking dead skin formation.

Costicum 30, thrice a day
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Category 6
General polyps in nose. Smelly yellow discharge. Diarrhea after nose is congested.

Sangunaria 30, thrice a day
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Category 7
Nose completely blocked. Pain in root of nose and pressure. Dark greening yellow discharge which pulls like fibre.

Kali Bai 30, thrice a day
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Michelle

Omaha, NE

#112 Jan 5, 2009
I got my surgery done successfully 3 days back. It was a 2 hour operation and the doc said he removed like 40 to 50 small polyps in that time.... He said it was a combination of fungus infection and also polyps and hence had become something which was un-curable with just medicines and told me that I made the right choice of undergoing surgery... My package was removed in 1.5 hours after the surgery as there was no bleeding and I was allowed to go home.. given 2 medicines, 1 was an antibiotic and other was a pain killer... I have a follow up session in 2 days and I am feeling so relieved.
Bard Judith

Korea

#113 Jan 9, 2009
I'm back at home four days after polyp surgery (and septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. Here's my experience (warning - graphic, may be upsetting to some readers)
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I was admitted Sunday, had the surgery Monday afternoon, and was kept for recovery until Thursday morning. The surgery itself of course is done under general anesthetic (with its own risks and side effects, but whatever). While you are still under your nasal passages will be 'packed' to keep them open and reduce bleeding. You will also be intubated. This sounds innocuous but when you wake up choking on a throat full of tubing and with a face full of packing, it's not pleasant.(All pain 'ratings' are of course subjective, but are given on my personal scale of one to ten, with one being 'needle prick' and ten being 'in labour'.) Dazed from the anesthetic and unable to breathe temporarily, the initial awakening rated a seven in terms of pain and discomfort. The tube will be removed promptly, leaving your throat sore and your teeth feeling loose. The packing will remain in for more than twenty-four hours, and the pain/sensation is similar to an untreated sinus infection or sinus
migraine.(I rated it five to seven on the pain scale, but it went down to a bearable 3 - 4 with the various analgesics and painkillers they put into me, though.)
You will constantly be dripping blood through this packing into a gauze pad taped across your face below your nostrils. This pad will have to be constantly replaced, probably by you, anywhere from every ten minutes to every two hours. Your cheeks will become chafed from the tape but there aren't too many other options to keep your pillow from becoming blood-soaked in short order.
You will be able to breathe only through your mouth, quickly dehydrating your mouth, throat, and lips. Did I mention the IV that needed to be in for three days? It will be difficult to swallow because not only are your throat, jaws, teeth and lips sore, the pressure from your blocked nose makes it painful. After about forty-eight hours (maybe less at your hospital...) you'll be taken down for packing removal, at which time they assure you the sinus pressure will cease and most of the pain. This is true. What they will not tell you is that removing the packing is one of the most frightening and painful experiences you can have in a hospital.
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DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ IF YOU ARE OF A SENSITIVE DISPOSITION - this is graphic and prejudiced. Do realize that this is one person's experience in a large hospital of an excellent reputation. You'll have to make up your own mind.
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Bard Judith

Korea

#114 Jan 9, 2009
(continued from previous post)
You will be seated in what looks like an upright dental chair. The gauze strip will be removed yet again. Then you will be approached with a speculum (which stretches your nostril open) and a pair of thin forceps/tweezers about
six inches long, four inches of which will be in your nasal passage at one point. The packing will be grasped with the tweezers, then pulled steadily and firmly out with the assistance of a suction tube. This results in a horrific and
painful sensation which feels as though brain tissue is being removed from a point beneath your eyeball. It is not only excruciating, it is quite terrifying to realize that the points of the tweezers are indeed that deep in your head:
your nasal passages extend past your eyeballs.(This was almost an eight or nine in terms of sheer agony. Thankfully it was brief, but debilitating and demoralizing.)
Pause, to see a finger-size wad of sanguined foam packing dropped into the kidney basin which you are holding beneath your own chin. Repeat on other side. Experience same intense pain and disgusting sensation of grey matter being sucked out of skull. Feel blood and mucus gushing out down your upper lip, over your chin, into the basin.
The tweezers go back in again with small strips (about a half-inch wide and about three inches long) of anesthetic/disinfectant-laced gauze. They are fed along the nasal passage; again, the tweezer points go deep into your skull.
What exactly happens then I am unsure, as this was the most painful part of the entire experience and I nearly blacked out. I cannot describe it without sounding melodramatic, but it was literally the most frightening and intense
pain I have ever felt in forty years of my life (and I am including the thirty-four hours of mostly unmedicated labour, the spinal epidural, and recovery from an emergency C-section). Possibly the residual clotting was being 'dabbed'
away from the raw areas, or the nasal passages 'cleaned up' with the gauze, because I do not remember those strips staying in and having to be removed later.
I went into shock while sitting there, trying to keep myself upright in the chair, holding the clotting basin under my own chin, shaking and trembling and crying. Perhaps you're made of tougher stuff. The children and teens who
were ahead of me and after me (they did all the packing removal for the surgery patients in the same hour one evening) were screaming in literal hysteria during the proceedure, and even the older males (who pride themselves on
toughness and have been through compulsory military service) were coming out looking dazed and shaky.(Please bear in mind again that this is no back-alley plastic surgery clinic but a major hospital of good reputation in its country).

(continued below)
Bard Judith

Korea

#115 Jan 9, 2009
(continued from previous posts)
I was led out to the waiting room almost unable to walk and left with the other bleeding, dripping, basin-clutching recoverees for about twenty minutes (as the staff had previously informed us would be the case) while the bleeding
slowed. The anesthetic began to numb my top lip and throat (post-nasal drip bleeding) and finally got to the nasal passages. I was then taken in to see the doctor who (promising me THIS wouldn't hurt) used a nasal endoscope to check the results. I gave him a truly filthy (as in glaring, bleeding, red-eyed) look of disbelief and he had the grace to inform me that, yes, polyp surgery and recovery was one of the more painful proceedures on the hospital's list
- not something they had advertised in their earlier information to me on the subject.

Recovery time: shuffle back to room with huge blood clots forming in nose and gauze pad taped back under nostrils, pushing the IV shakily. Lie down on one side or other so that blood does not drip into back of throat and get swallowed (bad for you, makes you quite nauseous). Change gauze every ten minutes, request painkillers (though the pressure pain is drastically reduced once the packing is gone, there is still the raw surgery spots and septoplasty pain to contend with), try to get some sleep in ten to fifteen minute blocks. You will still need to keep rehydrating your mouth (your tongue will literally dry up and stick fast to your palate while you are sleeping, and you cannot pull it loose. Don't try, just grab a mouthful of water and let it soak into those dried tissues) and keeping chapstick or something similar on your lips unless you want cracking and bleeding.

Wait another twelve hours under observation (I had a slight fever, which they considered 'normal' for this operation) from post-surgery on through the next two days) with antibiotics and vitamins and anti-adhesion meds and painkillers in your IV. You may or may not still be dripping blood by the time you are released: I had to keep the pad on and change it every four hours or so as the blood slowly became the consistency of loose gelatin. Now, Thursday night, after saline irrigation (don't ask because I don't want to describe any further horrors) and rest at home, the bleeding has dwindled to a slight trickle and the gelatinous clots have stopped forming. I will need to take five different pills three times a day for the next week (various antibiotics to prevent infection, adhesion, etc.), irrigate the nose with saline solution, and.... consider the possibility that the polyp(s) may grow back.

If you can prevent polyps, treat them alternatively, or live with them, please consider whether or not the time, cost, and pain is truly worth it.
Bard Judith

Korea

#116 Jan 9, 2009
(oops - looks like my graphic description of actually removing the packing got lost in between those last two posts. For the record, here's how I experienced it...)

Packing Removal:

You will be seated in what looks like an upright dental chair. The gauze strip will be removed yet again. Then you will be approached with a speculum (which stretches your nostril open) and a pair of thin forceps/tweezers about six inches long, four inches of which will be in your nasal passage at one point. The packing will be grasped with the tweezers, then pulled steadily and firmly out with the assistance of a suction tube. This results in a horrific and painful sensation which feels as though brain tissue is being removed from a point beneath your eyeball. It is not only excruciating, it is quite terrifying to realize that the points of the tweezers are indeed that deep in your head: your nasal passages extend past your eyeballs.(This was almost an eight or nine in terms of sheer agony. Thankfully it was brief, but debilitating and demoralizing.)

Pause, to see a finger-size wad of sanguined foam packing dropped into the kidney basin which you are holding beneath your own chin. Repeat on other side. Experience same intense pain and disgusting sensation of grey matter being sucked out of skull. Feel blood and mucus gushing out down your upper lip, over your chin, into the basin.

The tweezers go back in again with small strips (about a half-inch wide and about three inches long) of anesthetic/disinfectant-laced gauze. They are fed along the nasal passage; again, the tweezer points go deep into your skull.

What exactly happens then I am unsure, as this was the most painful part of the entire experience and I nearly blacked out. I cannot describe it without sounding melodramatic, but it was literally the most frightening and intense pain I have ever felt in forty years of my life (and I am including the thirty-four hours of mostly unmedicated labour, the spinal epidural, and recovery from an emergency C-section). Possibly the residual clotting was being 'dabbed'
away from the raw areas, or the nasal passages 'cleaned up' with the gauze, because I do not remember those strips staying in and having to be removed later.

I went into shock while sitting there, trying to keep myself upright in the chair, holding the clotting basin under my own chin, shaking and trembling and crying. Perhaps you're made of tougher stuff. The children and teens who were ahead of me and after me (they did all the packing removal for the surgery patients in the same hour one evening) were screaming in literal hysteria during the proceedure, and even the older males (who pride themselves on
toughness and have been through compulsory military service) were coming out looking dazed and shaky.(Please bear in mind again that this is no back-alley plastic surgery clinic but a major hospital of good reputation in its
country).
julie

Lakeland, FL

#117 Jan 13, 2009
hi has anyone got a rough cost of polyp removal ive had mine for a year and no insurance
jenny

Nashville, TN

#118 Jan 20, 2009
i had a polyp removal surgery 4 yrs back but getting it done again after 2 days.i also had packing but this time dr says he is not going to pack my nose.after surgery i was ok only for a yr & now its pretty bad again. i hope this work out fine
Richard

London, UK

#119 Jan 22, 2009
Ive had my surgery 48 hours ago, have had polyps for about 7 years. Why did I wait so long for the procedure? Not half as bad as I thought it would be. In the hospital at 8.00am went to surgery at 12.00 and was home for 7.00pm that evening. No bruising just a modest pain, hope my smell and taste return, but very happy to be able to take a breath through my nose.
i_got_polyps

Canada

#120 Jan 25, 2009
so went to a ent specialist. he cameras inside my nose. tells me i have deviated septum and some large polyps causing my sleepless nights. have my surgeory next week. i am in my last 20's and forums says they grow back again in a few years. i am now afraid that i have to get on the surgeory bed every 5 years? has anyone experienced regrowth?
big B

Superior, WI

#121 Jan 26, 2009
Three weeks ago i went to the ent doc with a one sided nasal blockage. He put a camera up it and noticed a single polyp 'antrochoranal polyp' he told me he would have to operate on this. He said the sugery is simple and you will be ok in 5 days. I also asked him if this is a serious condition he said that they look at these under the microscope but just looking at this you have 75-80%of being ok 'we will get you breathing properly' i am kind of freaking out. I have my operation next week. I have had a blockage in my nostril for over a year now.
Jeff

New York, NY

#122 Jan 27, 2009
I had bronchitis in July. Shortly after, I developed a sinus infection. Went to the ENT in October after feeling no better. I was diagnosed with polyps and a deviated septum. The thick mucus starts flowing about an hour after I wake up and persists until around 4 or 5 every afternoon. Tough to work like this. It's going on 7 months of this now. I just finished my third round of antibiotics and I feel no better. I've also been on Nasonex to shrink the polyps as well as an allergy spray. Also Mucinex D. Nothing really seems to help. Help!

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