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Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions about nasal turbinate reduction (turbinoplasty) and nasal turbinate removal (turbinectomy). Learn how it’s done, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
What are nasal turbinates?
Nasal turbinates are structures on the inside of your nose made of bone and soft tissue. They help to control the flow of air through your nose as well as warm and humidify the air. If they become enlarged they can lead to a blocked nose. There are several treatments for enlarged nasal turbinates but if they don’t work, you may need turbinate reduction surgery.
How’s it done?
It’s done through your nostrils. The surgeon usually views the inside of your nose through a nasal endoscope, which has a camera and light on the tip. They then use instruments to reduce or remove your turbinates. Depending on your problem, surgery may involve removal of soft tissue and bone or reduction of soft tissue only.
CONSIDERING THE PROCEDURE
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