Removal of nasal adhesions is a procedure to separate scar tissue
within the nose that has become connected, or fused. Fused tissue is called an
adhesion. Adhesions in the nose are also called synechiae. Adhesions are a
common, usually minor, complication of nasal or sinus surgery and nasal
packing. They also may develop because of trauma (for example, nose-picking or
cocaine use) and such conditions as
Adhesions form when two moist, opposing surfaces inside the nose
heal together, causing a scar. They often form between the septum, which
separates the nostrils, and one of the wavy structures inside the nose
(inferior turbinate). Adhesions can make breathing difficult.
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The procedure to remove adhesions usually is done in the doctor's
local anesthesia. The doctor may apply an anesthetic
to the skin, using spray or cotton, and inject local anesthetic. In rare cases,
general anesthesia may be used.
The doctor may use a thin, lighted instrument (endoscope) to see into the nasal passages. He or she
may use surgical scissors, a
laser, or an instrument called a microdebrider to
separate the fused tissue. The microdebrider has a rotating tip that shaves and
removes inflamed tissue.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 07, 2011
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