Nasal endoscopy is a minimally invasive, diagnostic procedure that your otolaryngologist may perform in the office. This procedure is usually done after applying a decongestant and anesthetic to your nose. There is no need for sedation for this procedure. This procedure will allow your doctor (and even yourself, if you wish) to see the inside of your nasal cavity. Your physician will be looking for swelling of the tissues, signs of infection, or abnormal growths. The nasal endoscope gives valuable information to your doctor so that he/she can make an accurate diagnosis.
The nasal endoscope is a small diameter, rigid tube illuminated by fiberoptic cables and connected to a camera that can project the image to a video monitor. Because the endoscope is of small diameter, it passes easily through the nasal passages. Endoscopy allows a thorough examination of the deeper internal anatomy, and in the case of post-surgical patients, the paranasal sinuses. The procedure only takes a few minutes and will be relatively pain free.