Nasal turbinates are small, seashell-shaped structures within the nasal passageways that contain blood vessels. They humidify and warm the air, so cold air does not reach the lungs. When the turbinates become enlarged, they can obstruct other passageways in the nose and must be surgically reduced.
What is the Procedure For Turbinate Reduction?
An endoscope (a very small tube with a light and miniature camera at the end) is inserted through a nostril, allowing the surgeon to see the interior of the nose on a monitor. The surgeon will make a tiny incision in the lining of the turbinate and remove or destroy a small portion of bone and any other tissue obstructing the passageway.
Various techniques and tools may be used, such as lasers for the bone removal or destruction and radiofrequency to stop the bleeding when the procedure is completed.
Benefits of Turbinate Reduction
Turbinate reduction surgery brings the following benefits to patients:
- Improves nasal breathing
- Reduces post-nasal drip
- Reduces snoring, improving sleep
- Addresses chronic sleep apnea
- Improves quality of life
What Can I Expect After Turbinate Reduction?
You may be sent home with packings and dressings in the nose to control any discharge or bleeding, although this is not always the case. As with any procedure done nasal area, your eyes may appear swollen or bruised and, immediately following the procedure, the short-term effects of anesthesia may include drowsiness, nausea, dizziness or vomiting. Should you experience any pain or discomfort Dr. Leeman will prescribe prescription pain medication.
What is the Recovery Time After the Procedure?
Any post-procedure discomfort, pain or other symptoms usually subside within a few days after the procedure. About a week after the procedure, Dr. Leeman will remove any packing or dressings and perform a follow-up is so that he can evaluate how well you are healing. Complete recovery typically takes about two weeks. Avoid even gentle nose-blowing for a week. If there is no bleeding, you can resume normal activity with 72 hours. If you wish to learn more, contact Dr. Leeman today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best turbinate reduction Austin has to offer.
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