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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"Dr. Anthony Was Outstanding in my Opinion - Dr. Brissett was highly recommended to me by two dermatologists. I found him to be excellent in every respect. His work was amazing, and he was very attentive and took the time to explain each phase in detail."- P. / RealSelf / Sep 04, 2018
"Best Experience Ever! - Since my first visit ten years ago, my complete trust in Dr. Brissett's medical skills and humanity has only grown. I am a better and happier person thanks to his vast knowledge, surgical skills and talent in maintaining, improving, and most recently bringing back to light what time and life has distorted... I am deeply thankful"- A. / RealSelf / Aug 06, 2018
"Doctor Brissett is Awesome! - Doctor Brissett and his staff are amazing! I was referred to him for reconstructive surgery after basil cell on my nose required a flap. I was terrified about what needed to be done. He explained everything and always addressed my concerns and what to expect. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is always kind and calming. I felt extremely comfortable under his care. His entire staff..."- S. / RealSelf / Aug 06, 2018
"amazing doctor - "if dr. brissett can't fix it, than nobody can"! - I can't even begin to say what an amazing doctor Dr. Brissett is. After several unsuccessful surgeries to fix my breathing problems, I was referred to Dr. Brissett, and I was told that "if Dr. Brissett can't fix it, then nobody can"! After meeting with Dr. Brissett, he expressed his concerns of the condition my nasal passages were in after several failed surgeries, but he also knew how..."- C. / RealSelf / Jul 23, 2018
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.