Inferior Turbinoplasty

What is it?

This operation reduces the size of the turbinates whilst maintaining some of the overlying lining which is important for nasal functions such as warming, humidifying and filtering the air we breath.

Learn more:
Find out more about the anatomy of the nose and causes of a blocked nose.

How is it done?

This operation is performed under general anaesthesia. There are no incisions made on the skin of the face. Using telescopes in the nose, part of the lining of each turbinate is removed and then that lining is raised off the underlying bone. The bone is then removed and the remaining lining is folded back to leave the appearance of a much smaller turbinate. This final step is important in maintaining the normal functions of the nose. The outside appearance of the nose does not change after this operation.

What happens after surgery?

This procedure requires a one-night stay in hospital. Dissolvable dressings are inserted into the nose at the time of the operation. It is not uncommon to have some minor bleeding from the nose after the operation. The following day you will be discharged home with a regimen of antibiotics and saline flushes for the nose.

What do I do when I get home?

There are a number of things to avoid after nasal surgery. Please avoid nose blowing, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise as well as hot food or drinks and hot showers.

Read more detailed post-operative instructions.

When will I see you again?

Usually I see you back around 2 weeks after the operation