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Turbinate Reduction

Turbinate Reduction Surgery - Houston, TX*

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Overview

Facial plastic surgeons and nose experts, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm often perform inferior turbinate reduction surgery for Houston patients to improve breathing. The procedure is commonly done at the same time as septoplasty surgery. Turbinate hypertrophy is a nasal condition that is the result of an enlargement of the turbinates. These represent the small structures within the nose that allow air to safely pass through the nostrils to the lungs. When the turbinates become swollen and enlarged, patients experience symptoms such as blocked nasal breathing, chronic sinus infections, nosebleeds, and severe sleep apnea because of the obstruction. During turbinate surgery, the surgeon reduces the size of the turbinate, which decreases airway resistance.

What Patients Should Look For

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are both board-certified otolaryngologists (surgeons of the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck). This means that they have spent more time studying and operating on the anatomical aspects of the nose, where turbinate issues occur, than general surgeons or surgeons of another speciality. Patients should look for surgeons with the proper training and extensive experience when considering this procedure. Our doctors each perform over a hundred nasal surgeries every year, many of which include septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction surgery. Renowned for their expertise, operative skill, and scrupluous standards, they draw patients (many who are fellow doctors or medical professionals) from the local Houston area, across the United States, as well as from around the world. 

Turbinate Consultation

Patients can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours with us during their turbinate reduction consultation. Our doctors take pride in the highest level of thoroughness. Because other nasal and facial conditions may be present if a patient is having difficulty breathing, we provide a comprehensive medical exam of the nose and face, as well as a special rhinometry test. If additional issues are found, frequently these conditions can be corrected alongside turbinate reduction surgery.

Turbinate Surgical Technique

Inferior turbinate reduction takes place in conjunction with septoplasty. The procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to perform. The incisions are generally made inside the nose. Endoscopy is the most common way to complete the surgical process. This allows a clear visualization of the inside of the nose, along with a magnifying mechanism so that the incision in the lining mucosa of the turbinate can be made carefully and precisely. The underlying bone of the turbinate will be removed or reduced, and the incision closed.

After Turbinate Reduction

There is usually very little swelling, bruising or discomfort after surgery. If the septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction surgery is combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery, the procedure will take longer, and the recovery period will also be longer. Patients can return to work and normal activities, except strenuous exercise, in less than a week. Patients often remark that they are able to breathe better, experience less sinus complications, and that they are able to sleep well.

Turbinate Reduction Cost

Some insurance companies may cover the costs associated with turbinate reduction procedures since they may be medically necessary for the nose to function properly.  Our office will work with you and your insurance provider to establish what benefits you have that relate to the “functional” portions of the operation. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic portions, if, for example, a patient has rhinoplasty performed at the same time. The average cost for inferior turbinate reduction surgery is between $2,000-$3,500.

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Average Cost  
$2,000 - $3,500
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Day
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Turbinectomy FAQs

Will the Nose Look Different?

The inferior turbinate reduction procedure is performed to improve nose functionality. It will not change the look of the nose. Patients who do not have symptoms, as earlier mentioned for this surgery, but desire an improved nose appearance, should consider a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure.

Combination Surgery

Because a turbinectomy alters the nasal area, patients frequently also ask to have their noses aesthetically enhanced at the same time with cosmetic nose surgery.  Septoplasty is always combined with inferior turbinate reduction surgery to correct a deviated septum and breathing difficulties. Combining multiple procedures increases the operative complexity and should only be attempted by experienced, qualified, and skillful nose surgeons. 

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