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Inferior Turbinate Reduction Surgery


Nasal turbinates are bony, scroll-like structures in the nasal passages that help to humidify and filter the air that is breathed in. The turbinates are covered by a lining of mucous membrane and are responsible for warming and moisturizing the air before it reaches the lungs. There are three pairs of turbinates in each nostril: the superior, middle, and inferior turbinates. 


Turbinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the nasal turbinates. The following are the common indications for a turbinoplasty: 

  1. Nasal obstruction: Enlarged turbinates can cause difficulty breathing through the nose. 
  2. Recurrent sinus infections: Enlarged turbinates can block the sinus passages and increase the risk of sinus infections. 
  3. Chronic nasal congestion: Persistent nasal congestion due to enlarged turbinates can cause difficulty breathing and sleep problems. 
  4. Allergic rhinitis: Enlarged turbinates can worsen symptoms of allergic rhinitis, such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose. 
  5. Sleep apnea: Enlarged turbinates can contribute to sleep apnea, a condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. 
  6. Hypertrophic turbinates: Hypertrophic turbinates are a type of enlarged turbinate that is caused by excessive growth of the turbinate tissue. 


  1. Pain management: Pain medication can be used to manage discomfort following the surgery. 
  2. Nasal irrigation: Irrigating the nose with a saline solution can help to keep the nasal passages clean and reduce the risk of infection. 
  3. Gentle blowing:-  gently blowing your nose will clear of the crust and secretions and keeps the nose open. 

Follow the surgeon's instructions: It is important to follow all of the surgeon's instructions for post-operative care, including when to return for follow-up visits and when to start resuming normal activities.  

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