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Turbinates are found in your nose, hence the alternative term nasal turbinates. You may not be very familiar with your nasal turbinates, and you may only become accustomed to what they are and they do when an illness occurs. Enlarged turbinates can lead to problems such as sleep apnea, congestion and even difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms occur be sure to book an appointment at your local doctors surgery so that they can have a look at your symptoms.

Nasal turbinates may require reduction

If you are required to undergo nasal turbinates reduction surgery, you will be told well in advance by your doctor or physician. There are some very strict guidelines that you must follow prior to your surgery, which will be outlined by your doctor or physician. These include ceasing to eat and drink after a certain time the day before the surgery is due to commence. As well as a list of guidelines that you must follow prior to the procedure, your medical history will also be given the once over. This will determine whether or not it’s safe for you to undergo the operation, and whether or not you need further tests before the operation commences.

TurbinatesThe turbinates reduction procedure isn’t a lengthy operation, and usually it will be completed all in one day. The procedure will be carried out by a professional surgeon or doctor, who will carry out the operation through your nostrils. This means that immediately after the operation there are little or no signs of the procedure having taken place when looking in the mirror, the only signs of surgery can be seen when looking up your nostrils.

After your nasal turbinates surgery

Each patient will be given slightly different instructions and guidelines by their discharging doctor as to how they should best aid the healing of your nose, and how to take care of yourself. Listen very carefully to what it is that your doctor has to say. There are some common side effects of surgery such as dizziness and vomiting, but if these symptoms persist it is advised that you inform the relevant healthcare professional.

You may well be prescribed some medication for you to take immediately after undergoing the nasal turbinates surgery so it’s very important that you follow the course of medication as advised. Other side effects of the turbinates reduction surgery is nasal discharge, which may start to form a crust around the nostrils. If this crusting continues you may be advised to use Vaseline around your nostrils in an effort to prevent it. Again, prolonged occurrences of adverse symptoms after your nasal turbinates reduction surgery should be reported to your doctor.

For those suffering from the problems caused by enlarged turbinates, the reduction surgery and subsequent recuperation time that is required will be of little hassle. Breathing difficulties, congestion and other consequences of having enlarged nasal turbinates are all bad conditions, and with a relatively small nasal turbinates reduction procedure you can wave goodbye to these difficulties.