Turbinates are small structures inside your nose that are made up of bone and soft tissue. If these turbinates get enlarged, they can block breathing passages. It’s preferable not to remove turbinates because this can lead to other negative side effects. The preferred treatment is to reduce the size of enlarged turbinates, and we are happy to offer this in our Los Angeles area offices.
How a turbinate reduction is performed
There are several surgical options for reducing the turbinate size. One technique starts with the surgeon making a small incision inside the nose. This allows them to remove some of the turbinate’s blood vessels. There’s another option called cauterization, and an option that involves removing a piece of the bone. Sometimes we perform these procedures in the office under local anesthesia, and sometimes they are performed at the hospital with general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss the best treatment plan with you.
Risks of a turbinate reduction
We only offer surgical treatment to our patients when we believe the benefits well out-weigh the risks. There are some risks with any surgery, however. Risks of surgical treatment of turbinates can include:
- nose bleeds
- tooth or nose numbness
- tearing of the septum
- toxic shock syndrome, in very rare cases
Recovery after turbinate reduction
Generally you can go home the same day you have turbinate reduction surgery. Your nose may have packing in it to stop the bleeding, and this can be removed in a few days. Your nose will feel swollen and uncomfortable while you’re first healing, but we will likely prescribe pain medication.
If you believe you suffer from enlarged turbinates and may benefit from a turbinate reduction, call us. Our ENT specialists are happy to help you understand your treatment options, and give you realistic expectations for improvement of your symptoms. Contact us at West Medical at (855) 690-0565.
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