What is a submucous resection of the inferior turbinates?

What is a submucous resection of the inferior turbinates?

What is Submucous Resection Inferior Turbinates: This is a surgery that decreases the size of the inferior turbinates. It is often combined with septoplasty to improve nasal breathing.

How long does it take to heal from turbinate reduction?

In about three weeks, the new scar tissue in your nose should be completely healed. For the more invasive type of turbinate reduction surgery, recovery takes three to six months. For up to a week after surgery, you may need to pack your nostrils with gauze to keep tissues in place.

What is submucosal approach?

A submucosal resection is a surgical procedure that rectifies a nasal septum that has been deviated. The operation is performed to eliminate unnecessary tissue from the nose’s filters, also called enlarged turbinates.

How painful is turbinate reduction surgery?

During the recovery period after turbinate reduction, most patients have pain, fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and nasal drainage after surgery. Pain is generally very mild with this type of surgery. Most patients tell us that they have to take only a few doses of their pain medicine during the entire postoperative period.

How is functional endoscopic sinus surgery performed?

In a FESS procedure, the surgeon uses a magnifying endoscope to see and remove affected tissue and bone. Before FESS, surgeons cut directly into the outside of the face to find the problem and remove it, increasing infection risk and recovery time.

What are inferior turbinates?

The inferior nasal turbinates are the largest and located lowest in the nose. They are also the most likely to become enlarged. This condition is called inferior turbinate hypertrophy. A turbinate becomes enlarged when the mucosa gets inflamed due to rhinitis or chronic sinusitis.

How do you prevent inferior turbinates?

There are three main surgical approaches to reducing turbinate hypertrophy:

  1. Inferior turbinate bone resection (ITBR). This involves removing a portion of bone of the inferior turbinates to promote airflow in the nose.
  2. Partial inferior turbinectomy (PIT).
  3. Submucosal diathermy (SMD).

What to expect during your turbinate reduction?

Recovery time for a turbinate reduction surgery is about 2 weeks. During this time, you will be prescribed antibiotics and a painkiller, although in many cases just Tylenol is sufficient for the pain as it is fairly mild. Within the first two weeks you may also experience some light bleeding through the nasal passages.

How successful is turbinate reduction?

A lack of turbinate tissue may cause the nasal cavity to become very dry and crusty. In some cases, a reduced turbinate may regrow, requiring a repeat surgery to reduce their size. In most cases, turbinate reductions are successful at opening the airways and making breathing easier.

Does turbinate reduction work?

Turbinate Reduction offers immediate and dramatic results in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea as well as offer significant relief from chronic nasal allergies. The turbinates are found inside the nose. Swollen turbinates can cause pressure, congestion and difficulty breathing.

What is inferior turbinate reduction?

Turbinate surgery, or inferior turbinate reduction, is a procedure where the inferior nasal turbinates are examined and reduced in size to provide improved nasal airflow.