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After Turbinate Reduction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.


What will happen after turbinate reduction:

You may have pain, fatigue, and nasal stuffiness after surgery. The nasal stuffiness is caused by swelling in your nose, and will decrease in about 1 week. You may also have mild drainage made up of mucus and blood.

After Turbinate Reduction

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your nose bleeds more than you were told to expect.
  • You have a fever.
  • Your nose is red, swollen, and draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Use nasal sprays or rinses as directed. Your healthcare provider may recommend these to relieve dryness and help your nose heal.
  • Care for your wound as directed. Change your gauze as directed by your healthcare provider. If you have a splint, do not get it wet or try to remove it.

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