Nasal Surgery - Enlarged Turbinates

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    May 31, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    So I have something called enlarged turbinates, the doctor told me since the nasal spray doesn't work I can have surgery to allow me to breathe through my nose. I've lived 21 years like this, it's a nice thought to finally be able to do it but I've read some negative feedback on getting the surgery.

    Have any of you heard of and/or done this surgery before? Would you recommend doing it?
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    May 31, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    Start reading at #8. icon_eek.gif

    http://www.medicinenet.com/nasal_airway_surgery/page2.htm#2whatare
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    May 31, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidSo I have something called enlarged turbinates, the doctor told me since the nasal spray doesn't work I can have surgery to allow me to breathe through my nose. I've lived 21 years like this, it's a nice thought to finally be able to do it but I've read some negative feedback on getting the surgery.

    Have any of you heard of and/or done this surgery before? Would you recommend doing it?


    I had a turbinate reduction and my deviated septum fixed at the same time. Best surgery I ever had because as soon as they take out the packing you can immediately breathe through the nose. I havent had to take any nasal sprays (Afrin) since.
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    Jun 01, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    Yeah it's those very side-effects that make me afraid to do something like that. To me if it's not broke, why fix it? I lived like this just fine, I mean it would be nice to breathe through my nose but I don't want to risk all of that.

    @Bigolbear: Did you experience any side effects and did you have enlarged turbinates before you got the deviated septum?
  • LJay

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    Jun 01, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    I had the surgery. There was even more wrong in my case in addition to the turbinates and deviated septum. Theusrgeon said he would not have even bother with the septum except that he was going to be in the neighborhood. I was having a lot of nasal infections.

    To be honest, the recovery was not fun and I noticed things changing for nearly a yea afterwards, but I would do it again if I had to. It has been the best thing to happen to my sinus and nasal health ever. Had I known the result, I would have had it done years earlier.
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    The thing is, my septum is not deviated. I only have enlarged turbinates so I don't know what to do because I would like to breathe through my nose but I heard about ENS.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    If you have a competent ENT doc they will just reduce the inferior turbinate on each side. You will still have the other 2 on each side and the " slimmed down" 3rd( inferior) ones on each side.
  • Bigolbear

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    Jun 01, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidYeah it's those very side-effects that make me afraid to do something like that. To me if it's not broke, why fix it? I lived like this just fine, I mean it would be nice to breathe through my nose but I don't want to risk all of that.

    @Bigolbear: Did you experience any side effects and did you have enlarged turbinates before you got the deviated septum?


    I was diagnosed with enlarged turbinates at the same time I was diagnosed with the deviated septum so I don't know which came first. The only "side effect" I have is that sometimes my nose feels a bit dry, but that's it. If it feels too dry I can use moisturizing spray but that is maybe once or twice a year. I live in Houston so it's already usually humid here.

    The reason for having the surgery for me was that I was always congested and had to use Affrin to sleep most of the time and it made me breathe through my mouth quite a bit. Ever since I had the surgery I haven't had any sinus issues at all.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    I had that fixed when I got my deviated septum repaired...I still don't breathe through my nose quite like they said I would.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    I also had it done while I had my deviated septum and a bone spur fixed. I didn't have any complications and it was one of the best things I've had done. I haven't had to use any sprays and have minimum headaches. I has also been good for my voice as I haven't had layrngitis at all. There are always risks associated with any surgery. but can be a good one.
  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 01, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I have had this surgery done. I also had a deviated septum corrected. I'm so happy I did it. I always had issues with congestion and I especially had difficulty breathing and night. And during the day I looked like a mouth breather. I never was able to breath out of both nostrils at the same time.

    Any surgery is going to have risks but I think they are minor. Obviously make sure your ENT is top-notch. Not being able to breath at night (sleep apnea) can cause serious health risks so being able to breath is very important.

    Using sprays is not good for you either. You can become addicted to them.
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Well the thing is, you all seem to have been diagnosed with deviated septums as well as the enlarged turbinates and from the research I've done, it looks like deviated septums can cause the enlarged turbinates so I guess that's different from me since I didn't deviate my septum.

    Anyway, thanks for all the comments I'll take them into consideration and decide what to do!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    I have had this surgery because of allergies. I had taken every nose spray on the market.

    I actually had 90% of the turbinates removed, then they had to do two laser surgeries to re-shrink what was left. I had to take steroid nasal sprays for a couple of years after, too - but the surgery saved my life. I eventually got much better.

    I had gotten so bad that literally any smell was making me dizzy.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Jun 04, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    If your inferior turbinates are the only things that need to be addressed, most ENTs will be able to do this in their office with local anesthesia.

    If your ENT doesn't do this in the office, I'd be sure to ask them what method they use (typically radiofrequency, powered (microdebrider), or cold steel... And be sure to ask him WHY he or she thinks that method is best for your situation.
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    Jun 04, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    Well the ENT said that it was going to be a quick procedure, maybe 10-30 minutes tops. The one he explained was cutting off pieces of it, he said that was for adults, while the one where they burned off pieces was for children as that sometimes causes it to grow back...? Anyway, it's never affected me too bad as some of you guys say it has... and an unnecessary surgery was never anything I'm too inclined to do.

    My mom thinks that if I were to move from here and the climate were to affect me differently (as I have never been outside of here for more than a month straight) then I would at least know what can be done.