About Turbinate Reduction
Turbinates are the 2 bones that pass through the nasal passages, located on either side of the nasal cavity and near the septum. They are responsible for warming and moisturizing air as it flows through the nose, but if the inferior turbinates become enlarged, a nasal flow block can occur. This can impact breathing and cause chronic sinus infections, sleep apnea, and nose bleeding. Houston, TX double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, can perform turbinate reduction surgery to minimize the size of the turbinates to restore normal function. This surgery is also performed in conjunction with septoplasty, a surgery that repairs a crooked or deviated septum, which can also affect breathing.
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The best candidates for turbinate reduction surgery:
- Have breathing issues
- Suffer from chronic sinus infections and/or nose bleeds
- Suffer with sleep apnea/snoring
- Desire a long-term solution
What to Expect
Most patients should expect to have inferior turbinate surgery performed along with septoplasty to address all breathing issues. The outpatient procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia can be used in some cases. The surgeon will start off by making incisions inside of the nose in the lining of the turbinate to gain access to the various structures. Depending on the patient’s case, the underlying turbinate bone can be removed or minimized. A heat source is often used to manipulate the bone. The incision will be closed and the nose will be packed or splints will be placed. The entire surgery takes from 1 to 1.5 hours.
After surgery, patients can expect some pain, discomfort, nasal drainage, and stuffiness, but these symptoms should be mild and relatively short in duration. Pain medication, saline spray, and nasal irrigation can be used to alleviate symptoms. Normal activities can usually be resumed about 1 week following surgery. After that time, patients begin to notice a marked improvement in their breathing, report less sinus problems, and sleep better with less snoring.
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There can be many causes for your difficulty breathing, sinus problems, and restless sleeping. When the culprit is enlarged turbinates, our trained medical staff members have the tools to allow you to breathe easier. We would love for you to come in so we can discuss your options. Please contact us for a consultation today.