Turbinoplasty and turbinectomy are nose surgeries. They can make it
easier for you to breathe. You may have one of these surgeries if the
turbinates in your nose are too large and block the airways in your nose. The
turbinates help warm and moisten the air you breathe.
In a turbinoplasty, the turbinates are reshaped. In a turbinectomy, some or all of them are cut out.
Both surgeries are done through
Most people go home a few hours after surgery. You will be able to go back to work or school in about 1 week. You'll probably get back to your normal
routine in about 3 weeks. But this varies with your job and the extent of your
surgery. It will take about 1 to 2 months before you are back to normal.
Other types of nose surgery are sometimes done at the same
time. If this is the case, your instructions and what to
expect may be different.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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