Nasalturbinate surgery

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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.

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The basics

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.

What is nasal turbinate surgery?

Nasal turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size of the turbinates or remove them. It may be done in combination with other surgeries like nasal septum surgery, nasal polyp removal or sinus 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.

The details


Alternatives to nasal turbinate surgery

There may be other options depending on your condition.
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Types of nasal turbinate surgery

There are different ways to reduce or remove turbinates.
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Results vs risks of the procedure

The benefits and risks of nasal turbinate surgery.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find an ear, nose and throat surgeon who specialises in this procedure.
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Questions for your specialist

What you should ask before going ahead with surgery.
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Preparing for your procedure

Pre-operative tests and preparation.
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Your anaesthetic options

The anaesthesia and post-op pain relief you may be offered.
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Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your surgery.
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Your procedure

What happens during the procedure.
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After your procedure

Your hospital stay.
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Recovery and aftercare

Resuming activities and watching for problems.
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People who’ve had nasal surgery talk about their preparation, hospital stay and recovery.

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