Manish Shah, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Turbinectomy (Turbinate Reduction Surgery) - Denver, CO*

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Turbinates, small structures within the nose, can become swollen in a condition known as turbinate hypertrophy, which leads to sleep apnea, nosebleeds, chronic sinus infections, breathing problems, and more. Dr. Manish H. Shah, a board-certified plastic surgeon and nose surgery specialist in Denver, CO, is practiced in delicate inferior turbinate reduction surgery, also known as a turbinectomy, to decrease the size of the turbinates and reduce the resistance in the patient's airway. 

Surgical Technique

As a stand-alone procedure, a turbinectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The incisions are placed inside the nose so that the surgeon can use an endoscope and other surgical techniques with accuracy and precision. After the underlying bone and turbinate are removed or reduced, the surgeon will close the incision with sutures. Some surgeons may also use radio frequency trimming (diathermy) to decrease the size of the turbinate. 

During/After Surgery

For the first few days after surgery, patients will experience a bloody discharge, swelling and bruising. They should subside after 2-3 weeks, and a normal breathing pattern should begin to take effect. Patients also begin to breathe easier, sleep well and experience less sinus problems.


This blog gives you all the information you might want about the most difficult procedure in cosmetic surgery, written by Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS, a specialist in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and ethnic rhinoplasty surgery located in Denver, Colorado.

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Turbinectomy FAQs

Diathermy or Surgery?

A turbinectomy’s surgical technique will depend on the complexity of the patient’s medical condition. The surgeon will be able to give a full assessment of the patient’s nasal condition and determine the best surgical technique after the consultation exam.

Back to Normal?

The results from an inferior turbinate reduction will settle a month after surgery. Patients will notice normal breathing, sleeping and sinus functions after the swelling and bruising subside.

Will I Look the Same?

A turbinectomy improves the internal function of the nose. However, it may slightly slim the nose if a lot of swollen turbinates are reduced. Patients wanting to significantly improve the outward appearance of their nose should consider rhinoplasty.

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