Reduction of Inferior Turbinates

Reduction of Inferior Turbinates

The left and right inferior turbinates inside the nose are bony projections covered by mucosa that project from the lateral wall of the nose. When enlarged they can block the nose or impede the passing of instruments into the nose for other surgeries such as sinus surgery. Their size can be surgically reduced to unblock the nose and improve nasal breathing. This is done with instruments passed through the nostrils. Dissolving packing may be placed in the nose at operation.

After surgery
The nose will feel blocked and congested with some blood stained discharge for 2 weeks, after which it starts resolving. Do not do any physical exercise or blow your nose for 2 weeks. Most patients require 1-2 weeks off work.

You will be given a prescription for pain relief before you leave the hospital. The nose might be uncomfortable and you may have some mild headaches. You may also receive a prescription for antibiotics.

After the operation you will be instructed to wash out your nose with saline sprays or washes several times a day until you are seen in clinic 1-2 weeks after the operation. Then any clot, and remaining packing may be removed after instilling local anaesthetic spray and the nose usually will feel clearer after this.

If you have any concerns after your procedure, please contact the following:
  • Your Surgeon
  • Auckland ENT Group on 09 522 2226
  • Your Family Doctor / GP
  • After hours – 24 Hour Medical Centre or Emergency Department
  • In case of an emergency – dial 111 for an ambulance.

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