Turbinectomy or Turbinate Reduction Sydney NSW

Turbinectomy or Turbinate Reduction for Breathing Issues by Dr Turner

A turbinectomy or turbinate reduction is a nose surgery that may help you if you experience some problems breathing. Turbinectomy or turbinate reduction is a procedure that removes nasal obstruction, frees the airways and reduces allergy-related discomfort. Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) is a plastic surgeon and nose expert based in Newcastle and Sydney NSW and can help you breathe easier.

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What Is Turbinectomy ?

Turbinectomy or a nasal turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of or completely removes turbinates in your nose. The turbinates are bony and soft structures that moisten and warm the air you breathe in. As the day passes and the seasons fluctuate, you may be prone to more or less severe swelling of the turbinates.

In some cases, the turbinates may swell up to the point that breathing is difficult. One or both nostrils seem congested. You experience frequent nose bleeding and, in general, experience discomfort while breathing. In some cases, nasal sprays and antihistamines may reduce the severity of this swelling. This solution is temporary and may cause mucose membrane dryness and hypersensitivity.

If the problems are persistent, if you have chronic nasal infections, anatomic deformities of the nose, obstructive sleep apnea or experience regular bleeding from the nose a turbinectomy may help.


What Are The Benefits Of Turbinate Reduction

Turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure that reshapes or removes the turbinates in the nose. Nasal turbinates moisten the air that passes over them and prepare it to enter the lungs. Turbinectomy of swollen or oversized turbinates can significantly improve:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Breathing issues
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Nasal hypertrophy
  • Chronic Rhinusinusitis or chronic rhinosinusitis

If you suffer from any of these, contact Dr Scott Turner and schedule your turbinectomy initial consultation.

About The Turbinectomy Procedure

Once your initial screening is over and you finish the turbinectomy preparation, you should show up at the hospital at the prearranged time. Dr Scott Turner’s anaesthetist will put you under general anaesthesia, and you will be asleep during the procedure. The procedure itself lasts some 15-30 minutes. During this procedure, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Turner, will reshape or remove your turbinates. In doing so, he may use several tools, such as:

  • Endoscope
  • Micro debrider
  • Cauterisation
  • Radiofrequency

These tools give Dr Turner the precision and the ability to operate so that no visible scarring is present after the procedure is finished.


Recovery After Turbinectomy

Recovery after a turbinectomy or a turbinoplasty surgical procedure is relatively quick. Depending on the procedure complexity and the amount of tissue removed, it may take three weeks or more for the healing to complete. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least two days and heavy lifting for several weeks, as your surgeon suggests.

During the turbinectomy recovery, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon may place gauze in your nostrils to help heal. You may develop some swelling in the nose and around the eyes and the lips, although this is easily diminished by icing and giving your body time to heal. You may experience some mild discomfort after the turbinectomy procedure. Nasal turbinate reduction discomfort is managed using pain relievers, nasal sprays and even an air humidifier for the room you spend the most time in.

Minimising Scars After Turbinectomy

There is no visible scarring after a turbinectomy procedure. The incision is done in the nose itself, and the skin is left intact. While the incision is healing, you may experience some swelling, which will quickly subside, and you will be left with free airways with no unsightly scars.

Turbinectomy Longer-Term Results

Turbinectomy long-term results are apparent immediately after the procedure: the airway is free and breathing much easier. During the recovery period, you may experience some swelling, but after this period, you will be able to enjoy long term turbinate reduction results:

  • Reduced obstruction of the nose,
  • Reduced seasonal allergies and sneezing, runny nose and difficulty breathing,
  • Reduced discomfort with sleep apnea,
  • Reduced chronic nasal congestion,
  • Reduced instances of bleeding through the nose.

Am I A Good Candidate For Turbinate Reduction ?

If you have or experience:

  • Chronically or acutely increased turbinates, and
  • Difficulties breathing that are not mended by medication such as antibiotics, antihistamines and nasal sprays,

Then you may be the right candidate for an inferior turbinate reduction or turbinectomy procedure. To be the right candidate, you should also do some research on the topic: what can be achieved by Turbinectomy, the risks and complications of turbinate reduction procedure and what you can do to make the turbinate reduction recovery a quick and comfortable experience.

Turbinectomy Sydney Costs & Prices – How Much Is Turbinectomy In Sydney?

If there is no medically valid reason to have a turbinectomy procedure, it will need to be self funded as medicare and your health fund wont cover it.. Although a turbinectomy is not a long procedure, it still requires a medical team and care. In general, you should have your initial consultation with Dr Scott Turner to get the exact quote for surgery . Always do your research about plastic surgery prices and schedule an appointment with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon for a quote.

For an estimate of your own Turbinectomy price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 641199 –  contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.


Funding your Turbinate Reduction

If you do not have health insurance and Medicare will not fund your turbinoplasty or turbinectomy procedure, you can always investigate super fund withdrawal or payment plans and medical finance

Is Turbinectomy Worth It?

Yes, Turbinectomy is worth it. Over 80% of patients who undergo turbinate reduction or turbinate surgery experience a significant increase in breathing quality and inhale more fully. The satisfaction rate may drop after several years. Still, it is important to understand that in some patients, the nasal obstruction may not only be a result of enlarged turbinates, and you may require some more complex procedures, such as septoplasty or even a full rhinoplasty.


FAQs about Turbinate Reduction

Why do turbinates swell at night?

If you suffer from acid reflux, your turbinates may swell at night. This is a common occurrence where gastric fluid irritates the throat. Since the throat is closely connected to the nasal cavity, changes in the throat may cause your turbinates to swell at night.

What causes turbinates to enlarge?

Turbinates normally enlarge during certain periods of year and day. In the winter, enlarged turbinates are useful in keeping the air warm. Those same turbinates enlarge during the summer to moisten the dry air. Your turbinates may also increase in size as a reaction to an allergy you may have and not even be aware of. When turbinates enlarge too much, or when you have chronically large turbinates, you may experience significant issues with breathing and compromised nose function.

Are turbinates bones?

Turbinates are bones covered in a soft tissue called the mucosa. This soft tissue swells periodically during certain periods of the day and night or during the flowering season of some plants whose pollen can irritate the airway. If the bone itself is enlarged, we talk about chronically enlarged nasal turbinates.

Do turbinates produce mucus?

Yes, turbinates produce mucus. This mucus is like a filter in your nose: the dust and pollen particles stick to the mucus on your turbinates. The Turbinectomy usually does not remove all the turbinates: sometimes, just a small reduction in their size can greatly affect your breathing.

What do swollen turbinates feel like?

Turbinates usually feel like one part of your nose is blocked. In some cases, you may even feel that both nostrils are blocked and that you have to breathe through the mouth to get enough air. The feeling may worsen at night, especially if you have acid reflux or during the flowering season of some plants.

Do swollen turbinates cause pain?

Swollen turbinates may cause discomfort. People report a swelling sensation in the nose, airway blockage and the urge to sneeze. Some other people experience mild headaches and irritation of the eyes.

Can a deviated septum cause swollen turbinates?

In some cases, a deviated septum may redirect too much of the air current over a single turbinate and cause chronic irritation. This chronic irritation may then cause an enlarged turbinate. In some cases, airway obstruction may be more complex and require both an inferior turbinate reduction and another procedure, such as a septoplasty to reduce the nasal obstruction completely.

What is turbinate reduction surgery?

A turbinate reduction surgery or a turbinectomy is a surgical procedure that reshapes or removes the turbinates. These bone and soft tissue structures in the nose moisten and warm the air as it passes over them. In some cases, the turbinates can get enlarged, causing problems with breathing, sneezing and bleeding from the nose.

How successful is turbinate reduction?

Turbinate reduction surgery is very successful surgery. Over 80% of turbinectomy patients experience significant improvement in their breathing. Over time, this number may drop, as the turbinate reduction patients may need another surgical procedure to straighten the septum, for example. A badly done turbinate reduction can cause issues such as Empty Nose Syndrome, so always use the best possible surgeon.

Can turbinates grow back after reduction?

Yes, in some cases, your turbinates may grow back after turbinate reduction. This does not mean that your surgeon should remove all the turbinates since this may cause an empty nose syndrome - a state in which the mucosa of the nose is dry and crusty, causing irritation and sneezing.

Does turbinate reduction help sleep apnea?

Yes, a turbinate reduction procedure can help sleep apnea. During the procedure, Dr Turner will remove or reshape some of the turbinates. This procedure results in wider airways, and this decreases problems with sleep apnea. Turbinate surgery is a great way to increase the quality of your life.

Will turbinate reduction help allergies?

Yes, a turbinate reduction will help allergies. Allergens commonly found in the air, such as dust, dust mites and pollen, can irritate the turbinates, making them increase their size. In this case, you may experience difficulties breathing. A turbinate surgery or a turbinate reduction procedure makes your turbinates smaller and relieves allergy symptoms, such as nasal congestion or sneezing.

Is turbinate reduction safe?

Yes, a turbinate reduction or a nasal turbinate reduction procedure is a relatively safe procedure. Some risks and complications are associated with the turbinate reduction procedure. You should do your research and share your concerns with Dr Scott Turner. This Specialist Plastic Surgeon will help you better understand the turbinectomy risks and concerns.

How long does it take to recover from turbinate reduction?

A turbinate reduction recovery can take anywhere between three days and several weeks, depending on your case. In general, soft tissue turbinate reduction takes a shorter time to recovery. If your Specialist Plastic Surgeon also needs to remove some bone tissue, the recovery period may be longer. Suppose you decide to combine your turbinectomy procedure with another surgical procedure to use the recovery time better. In that case, it may take longer to recover as well, depending on the procedure combination.

Is turbinate reduction surgery painful?

During the turbinate reduction procedure, you will be under anaesthetic. Depending on the type of the turbinectomy procedure and how much tissue there is to be removed, your specialist plastic surgeon may choose to use local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. The discomfort present after the nasal turbinate reduction procedure usually clears within a few days and may be easily managed by pain relievers.

What can I expect after septoplasty and turbinate reduction?

After a septoplasty and turbinate reduction, you can expect:

  • Swelling,
  • Bruising,
  • Discomfort,
  • Discharge from the nose,
  • Nasal stuffiness,

All these symptoms are normal after a combination of septoplasty and turbinate reduction and will diminish as the healing progresses. After a septoplasty and turbinate reduction recovery, you will be left with clear airways and will be able to breathe more easily.

Can I clean my nose after septoplasty and turbinate reduction?

Yes, you can, and you should clean your nose after septoplasty and turbinate reduction. During the septoplasty and nasal turbinate reduction, some blood and mucus need to be rinsed from your nose. You can do this by sinus saline irrigation that you should do three times a day for at least three weeks or as otherwise instructed by your experienced plastic surgeon, Dr Scott Turner.

How do I clean my nose after turbinate surgery?

To clean your nose after a turbinate surgery, you need saline water. Three times a day, for three weeks, you should be doing saline sinus irrigation. This saline water or distilled water (that you can buy in most grocery stores) will gently cleanse the inside of your nasal cavity and remove any blood and mucus buildup.

How long is recovery from septoplasty and turbinate reduction?

In general, a septoplasty procedure takes longer to recover from than a turbinate reduction procedure, so you should follow the septoplasty timeline. After a septoplasty and turbinate reduction, you will be able to return to work within 4-5 days post-op. You can resume most daily activities on day seven after your septoplasty, and you will recover fully by some 3-4 weeks after your septoplasty procedure.

What can I eat after septoplasty and turbinate reduction?

After a septoplasty and turbinate reduction, you will be able to eat most foods. Avoid any spicy, peppery or overly salty foods, as well as foods with a strong smell. You should also avoid too hot or too cold foods since these can also irritate the nose. In general, a mild, healthy diet full of fibres and vitamins will do your best and will be a shortcut to a quick and easy recovery.

Is turbinate reduction permanent?

The tissues that your specialist plastic surgeon removes in a turbinate reduction are gone forever. In this sense, a turbinate reduction is permanent. However, in some patients, the turbinates may grow back. Consult Dr Turner with any concerns you may have about your Turbinectomy.

Surgeries that can be combined with Turbinectomy

You can choose to combine Turbinectomy with some other surgical procedures. A turbinate reduction or a nasal turbinate reduction procedure is usually combined with other nose surgeries, such as septoplasty, rhinoplasty, or alarplasty. You can also choose to combine your turbinate reduction with other plastic surgery procedures, such as eyebrow lift, nipple fix, abdomen and thigh liposuction or anything else that your specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Turner, deems medically possible.

Planning Your Turbinectomy Patient Journey

A successful turbinectomy starts way before the surgery. To ensure you have a safe turbinate reduction and recovery time, you should:

  • Understand your problems and your desired results,
  • Find the best specialist plastic surgeon,
  • Schedule initial screening and prepare for it properly,
  • Show up for the turbinate reduction procedure at the arranged time,
  • Follow all advice your specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Scott Turner, has given to you.

Understand that every patient is a story for themselves. What works for some people may not work for you and vice versa. Always consult only the best specialist plastic surgeon and follow their advice to the point.

Finding The Best Turbinate Reduction Surgeon In Sydney NSW

The best turbinate reduction surgeon in Sydney should:

  • Be a Fellow of RACS – the Royal Australian College of Surgery
  • Ba a specialist plastic surgeon,
  • Be able to operate in a proper surgical theatre,
  • Have a great support team of highly experienced medical staff,
  • Be transparent about pricing and the procedure.

Always do your research, and do not let an inexperienced plastic surgeon operate on you. Some ruined turbinate reductions cannot be corrected even by the best surgeon available. Any revision surgery may cost you more than the initial surgery.

Why Choose Dr Scott Turner?

Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) is a specialist plastic surgeon operating in Newcastle and Sydney NSW. Dr Turner is recognised for his nose surgeries: rhinoplasty, mini nose job, alarplasty, septoplasty and Turbinectomy. He can professionally assess your case and offer the best possible advice and aftercare recommendations.

Dr Scott Turner operates in hospital conditions. He has a great support team of highly skilled medical staff who assist him during his surgical procedures. He is a specialist plastic surgeon known for broad education and attention to detail, and patient comfort.

Risk & Complications Of Turbinate Reduction

Some common turbinate reduction risks and complications are:

  • Pain and discomfort,
  • Mild bleeding,
  • Swelling of the nose, the cheek, the eyes, the lips,
  • Nasal discharge,
  • Nasal obstruction and
  • Adverse reactions to the anaesthetic.

Turbinectomy Further Reading

  1. Turbinate surgery: how effective is it? A long-term assessment
  2. Turbinectomy: Background, Indications, Contraindications.
  3. Turbinectomy | healthdirect

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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