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Turbinate Reduction


Turbinate reduction is surgery to shrink swollen turbinates in your nose. Turbinates are thin bones covered with tissue. Swollen turbinates can block air flow through your nose. This surgery can help you breathe more easily through your nose. Turbinoplasty is most commonly done in adults, but may also be done in children.


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 him or her 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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