While a turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure, it doesn’t require a lengthy hospital stay. This is a same-day nasal procedure performed in a hospital or surgical center. The reduction is achieved through the use of a small medical device with a light on the end that allows the surgeon to properly view the inside of the nose.
A small incision is made inside the nose, in the lining of the turbinate. Once the incision is made, a small piece of bone is removed and a microdebrider is used to reduce the thickness of the surrounding tissue. To close up the surgeon will use cautery or radiofrequency to stop any bleeding.
While the procedure is designed to require little downtime, don’t expect to bounce back to normal immediately. The patient should expect to experience nasal crusting for about 3 weeks. It’s recommended for the patient to perform nasal irrigations with saline until the tissue is healed.
Do I Need a Turbinate Reduction?
A sinus procedure might not be the course of action for every patient with nasal blockage, but if you’ve had any of the following chronic symptoms that don’t react to medications, you might need a turbinate reduction.
✔ Forehead pressure and facial pain
✔ Chronic nasal congestion
What are the Benefits of a Turbinate Reduction Procedure
✔ Improves the ability to breathe through the nose
✔ Reduce nasal drainage and post-nasal drip
✔ Can decrease headaches, snoring, and sleep apnea