Turbinate reduction surgery is dangerous!
I had turbinate reduction surgery in 2005 and the surgeon really trumped up the supposed benefits but what he didn't say were the dangers...
We need our turbinates and there is a reason mother nature gave them to us! They help us filter out the air that comes through our nose and are part of proper mucus formation!
My doctor butchered mine and ever since I have had awful sinus problems and drainage. My nose is constantly dripping and this is gross to say but long stringly buggers come out constantly. They say those are only supposed to be during the month or two post-op but I will be 5 years post-op in December and the problem has not improved at all!
Don't let plastic surgeons smooth talk you into this rhinoplasty upsell. They like doing it because insurance pays for it and patients don't care since they aren't paying for it. More evidence is coming out all the time that shows that turbinate reduction surgery is a mistake you will have to suffer for the rest of your life! You cannot get back turbinates back. I cannot step out of the house without having kleenex in my hand to wipe. Please do your research before you consider turbinate reduction surgery!
Sorry to hear about your problems. Very serious!
You should never mess with turbinates, as they serve a major function ... warming the air that you are inhaling, that then goes into your lungs. Some doctors do remove them if they are swollen, but it is a bad idea.
One of my medical websites states the following: "Removing turbinates is a bad idea. If you did, you would have dryness, crusting and sensations of burning pain. Doctors have therefore come up with various ways to reduce the blockage of your nasal passages without removing your turbinates and their cilia."
Is there any surgical recourse?
I wish you luck!
Thank you for the support! I can say first hand that my turbinates were likely swollen sometimes because I have asthma and allergies but I know for a fact that since removal there is absolutely zero relief and I have the side effects I talked about.
I don't know what kind of surgical recourse would be available since they can't be replaced. This problem is depressing and the doctor literally ruined my life because of it.
Empty Nose Syndrome can be absolutely awful. I hope neither of you get it.
Ha well it sounds like everyone has side effects with turbinate reduction.
Mine were chopped off too and I've had the sinus drainage problem including the "long stringy" stuff you are talking about. I think the turbinates must have something to do with forming the mucus properly before it comes down our noses.
My doctor gave me a nasal spray to use for it. I think it is either Astravent or Astelin. Have you tried something like that to help?
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