The inferior turbinate bones are bones in the nose that can enlarge from allergies (and other problems), causing nasal blockage. A turbinate reduction may be done in the office to help relieve nasal obstruction and to possibly reduce dependence on nasal sprays. This is considered to be surgery, but it can be done in the office, in one of our procedure rooms.
The procedure is done using anesthetic spray and injection into the nose. Your nose and throat will be numb temporarily, which can make you feel mild difficulty swallowing. This usually lasts 30 minutes. You are awake during the procedure, as it is not necessary to have you asleep. You should not use any products that can cause bleeding (aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, etc) at least one week prior to the procedure. (You can call and check with the nurse at 972-402-8404, extension 130, if you are not sure about the medicines. Tylenol is OK to use.)
The procedure is actually done by placing a probe into the tissue of the turbinate. Heat is then applied to “shrink” the tissue. You are monitored as needed during and after the procedure. You can usually drive yourself home, but if you have someone that can drive you home, that is ideal.
Instructions after the procedure
- You will experience nasal congestion and “stuffiness” for up to 2-3 weeks afterwards
- You may have some mild bleeding for 1-3 days. If you have bright red, continuous bleeding, please call the office tor instructions, 972-402-8404 (ext 130)…ask to speak to the nurse immediately for severe bleeding
- Use Tylenol as needed tor discomfort. Call the office and leave a message with the nurse if you feel you need stronger medicine.
- Do not blow your nose hard. Gently blow the nose and wipe with tissues if needed
- Diet can be regular, although it’sbest to minimize spicy foods
- Activity should be minimized on the day of the procedure, but you can exercise the next day.
- Use nasal saline rinses 3 times a day for 1 week, and then once daily until the follw-up appt, to keep the nose clean and moisturized. The nurse will give you instructions on how to do this, and you can get these kits in the office … Start the evening of the procedure, (unless the nose is sore, you can start the next morning). Also clean the nostrils with Qtips/peroxide daily
- Your follow-up appointment should be with the doctor in about 6 weeks. Revised March