Inferior Turbinate Reduction

turbinate_reduction (2)An inferior turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure designed to correct nasal obstruction resulting from enlarged inferior turbinates. This is a 5 minute procedure often performed under local anesthesia in the office.

The principle behind inferior turbinate reduction is straightforward: to restore proper airflow via the nasal passage by removing anatomic obstructions. This results in decreased nasal obstruction. Everything is done through the nose, therefore, the patient does not have any visible incisions or bruising after surgery.

The recovery time after an inferior turbinate reduction is quite short, only 1 – 2 days. Patients can expect some minor nasal congestion due to swelling. After 1 week, patients return to the office for their post-operative visit. No packing is used during this procedure.

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