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.
Find out more about the anatomy of the nose and causes of a blocked nose.
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.
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.
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.
Usually I see you back around 2 weeks after the operation
We are currently in unchartered waters with the COVID-19 pandemic. At ENTSA we are, as always, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and our patients. Ear, nose and throat examinations and surgery however are considered extremely high risk for virus transmission and so we are making changes in our practice.
The current recommendations from the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) are:
As a result of this, our practice is changing. We are still here to care for new and existing patients. We have established a Telehealth system to enable continuity of care for existing patients and a ‘non-contact’ option for new patients to access an initial assessment and commencement of treatment.
Please call us to discuss Telehealth options on: (08) 7200 2539
We will still see some patients in the office however this will be limited to protect the health of you and our staff.
If you attend, we ask you to comply with the following: