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 the nose.
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 or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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