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Certain conditions such as allergies, non-allergic rhinitis, a deviated nasal septum, and environmental irritants can result in excessive enlargement of the lower nasal turbinates. This results in nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose. It can also cause a more severe level of nasal obstruction.
Frequently, patients experience worsening nasal congestion while sleeping or lying down. This is due to further enlargement of the turbinates when we assume a recumbent position (lying down).
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What Are Nasal Turbinates?
Nasal turbinates are three long, thin bones on the inside of the nostrils; the tissue around them can become irritated by allergies or nasal conditions, leading to breathing difficulties. Turbinate surgeries can either remove some or all of the turbinates (turbinectomy) or change their position (turbinoplasty).
Symptoms of swollen turbinates include:
- Nasal congestion
- Sleep disturbances
- Breathing difficulties
- Nose bleeds
- Reduced sense of smell
- Dry nose
When the nasal turbinates enlarge and cause the symptoms described above, an office-based procedure called inferior turbinate modification usually provides excellent results. This produces a 20-25% reduction in the turbinate volume, resulting in relief from nasal congestion and obstruction.
Nasal Turbinate Reduction Surgery Procedure
No general or IV anesthesia is used during the procedure, so you will be awake and fully alert the entire time. Dr. Sikand will numb the areas he plans to work on with topical medications, including a decongestant and numbing nasal spray, an anesthetic gel consisting of three different numbing medications, and lidocaine injections. These injections are rarely felt due to the numbing gels used before this step.
There are two ways that Dr. Sikand may perform a turbinate reduction.
Dr. Sikland uses a 3-mm-diameter wand attached to a suction device called a microdebrider. This tool shaves away excess tissue from the enlarged turbinate beneath the mucous membranes. Usually, there isn’t any pain during this procedure. Including the numbing process, the procedure takes about 30-35 minutes.
Also known as radiofrequency turbinate reduction, this method uses radiofrequency (heat) energy to treat the turbinates with minimal impact on surrounding tissues. This procedure takes 10-20 minutes and has a short recovery period.
How Much Does Turbinate Reduction Cost in Las Vegas, NV?
When you're looking for nasal breathing improvement near me in Las Vegas, you want to explore the affordable turbinate reduction options while still working with a top-rated surgeon.
Prices vary depending on the specific type of reduction needed, your age, any medical conditions you may have, and accommodations desired at the facility. You can get a clear understanding of the costs during your initial evaluation.
Risks and Benefits of Turbinate Surgery in Las Vegas, NV
Having a turbinate reduction in Las Vegas, NV can:
- Improve your breathing
- Decrease snoring
- Reduce nasal discharge and post-nasal drip
- Better sense of smell
- Ability to work out more effectively due to increased oxygen uptake
- Reduce the frequency of sinus headaches
- Improve sleep quality (as it relates to sinus issues)
Reducing nasal congestion in Las Vegas can improve your overall energy levels by helping you get more restorative sleep. You can also feel more comfortable throughout the day, leading to greater enjoyment in everyday activities.
There are some potential risks of turbinate reduction surgery, such as:
- Scar tissue developing in the nose
- A deviated septum
- Fluid buildup in the nose
- Return of nasal blockage
- Altered sense of smell
- Reduced or lost feeling in the skin of the nose
Bleeding is a common side effect of nasal turbinate surgery, but you should seek medical attention right away if the blood is very heavy, does not stop, has noticeable clots in it, or occurs two weeks or longer after surgery.
We will ensure you have access to Dr. Sikand and our team in the event of any post-operative complications. We also provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure yout are fully prepared to confidently manage your recovery.
What To Expect During a Turbinate Reduction Consultation in Las Vegas, NV?
Dr. Sikand will ask about your health history and thoroughly examine your sinuses to see if the cause of your symptoms is enlarged turbinates.
If Dr. Sikand determines you're a good candidate for the procedure, he will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This may include stopping certain medications that affect the blood's ability to clot and not eating or drinking anything for a set timeframe before surgery.
During the consultation, you will be able to ask the surgeon any questions you have about nasal turbinate reduction surgery. Dr. Sikand will be sure you are fully informed and confident about the procedure before scheduling your treatment.
What Can I Expect After My Nasal Turbinate Procedure?
Post-operative bleeding is normal and can last for several hours after the procedure. We ask our patients to use Afrin nasal spray 2-3 times in the evening after surgery. In the event of a heavier nosebleed, you can use these instructions to slow the bleeding. In most cases, the bleeding resolves by the next day.
Expect nasal congestion for 10-21 days after treatment. During this time, decongestants, steroid nasal sprays, and allergy pills may be taken to help with the congestion. Dr. Sikand recommends the use of saline sinus rinses to help flush out debris and mucous. Do these four times a day for the first two weeks. This will decrease the amount of nasal crusting or scabbing during the healing period.
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Read Patient Reviews of Turbinate Services at Nevada Sinus Relief in Las Vegas, NV
"Dr. Sikand is thorough, informative, and very direct. I was able to get in for my first appointment and schedule a surgery within 2 weeks. My surgery experience with him is great as well. I have no swelling, bruising, or pain whatsoever (but keep in mind that everyone reacts differently). The staff at the surgery center were great as well. They calmed my nerves, were friendly, and very clear about post-op instructions. I would recommend him!" -Manee Z.
Acute sinus infections and allergies are the primary causes of turbinate swelling. Chemical irritants can also be another factor. The bones themselves and/or the tissue around them become irritated and expand, which results in nasal congestion and discomfort.
The procedure is generally painless as the treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic. This means you are unlikely to feel anything during the procedure, but if you do, it will likely be nothing more than mild discomfort.
Your doctor will give you a list of aftercare instructions, and you will be able to go home the same day shortly after your procedure. You can drive yourself home as long as you do not receive any sedation. Crusting on the nose is normal, as well as bleeding. Symptoms can last for several weeks as your nose recovers.