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Information about this procedure is listed under the following headings:


Why do I need this operation?

What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

How is the surgery performed?

What are the potential risks and how great are these risks?

What am I to expect after the operation?

How long will I be off work/school?

Frequently asked Questions





Why do I need this operation?

This operation is often combined with a septoplasty. The turbinates are cushion-like shelves that protrude into the nasal cavity (see picture). The lowest set are called the inferior turbinates. They can become swollen and can cause a blockage of the nasal passages. This will make breathing through the nose more difficult.



What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

Cautery / outfracture (reduction) of the inferior turbinates increases the space air has in which to travel through the nose.



How is the surgery performed?

This procedure is often combined with a septoplasty and performed under a general anaesthetic. During outfracture of the inferior turbinates, the turbinate bones which support the "cushions" in the nose are fractured outwards to create a larger space in the nasal cavity. Cautery to the inferior turbinates involves passing a hot wire over the turbinates to make them scar up and shrink. This also increases the airflow through the nose.



What are the potential risks?

There are very few risks involved in the surgery. Bleeding may rarely occur.



What am I to expect after the operation?

After the operation there is not much pain or discomfort. Simple analgesics will make you more comfortable. There may be some pinkish discharge or crusting for a short time after the surgery. If the procedure is performed on its own, you may go home the same day.



How long will I be off work / school?

One to two weeks off work is required. A doctor's note will be provided.



Frequently asked Questions

Is there anything I should not do after the surgery?

Do not sniff, or blow your nose for at least ten days after the operation.

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Last updated: 23 October 2004