The aim of the operation is to shrink the mucosa lining your turbinates. If you only have swelling in one side of your nose then we only need to operate on this side. Usually, however, both sides need doing. The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic, usually as a day case procedure. This means that you come into hospital on the day of your operation and go home the same day.
Reducing the lining of your nose will remove the blockage and improve your nasal breathing. It may reduce your risks of developing sinus infections.
Are there any alternatives?
Nasal steroid drops or sprays may relieve blockages caused by a swelling of the nasal lining. However, long-term use of nasal decongestant drops or sprays can eventually damage your nasal lining and make the blockage worse.
What if you do nothing?
The swelling of the nasal lining over your turbinates will usually continue. Your nose will feel blocked. Sinus problems may develop or continue.
Who should have it done?
People who have swelling over their inferior turbinates, which causes nasal blockage or sinus problems, should have the operation.
Who should not have it done?
People who have other medical conditions that would make it unsafe for them to have a general anaesthetic should not have one.
Author: Mr Robert Ruckley MB. ChB. F.R.C.S. Consultant ENT surgeon.
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