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Old 03-27-2007, 08:14 AM   #1
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Turbinectomy Risks?


I am new to this board. I have had blocked nasal passages for the past few years. I cannot smell nor breath via my nose for almost half the day. I had sinus infections in early 2005 and have seasonal nasal allergies. Using nasonex and nasacort since last Septemeber has given me little relief. My ENT says I can either have a turbinectomy or contiue to use the steriodal sprays? After he told me the turbinectomy risks I haven't made up my mind yet. He told me I could experience something called empty nose syndrome. After reading more about that it does sound scary.

If anyone has had Turbinectomy performed please tell me about your outcomes?

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Old 03-28-2007, 06:07 AM   #2
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Re: Turbinectomy Risks?

Ask your ENT about bilateral turboplasty instead of a turbinectomy. This caurterizes some of the extra turbonide tissue in your maxilary and frontal sinuses, but it does not remove them completely. Also the turbonides reduced in this procedure can regenerate over time.. thus if too much is fried, it will grow back. Most people who have this procedure done, have to repeat it every ten to fifteen years. But it is out patient and the recovery is a breeze.

I had a 30% turbonide reduction performed this way but still had to have the full blown sinus surgery after the fact because my sinus structure prohibited draining. Now my ethnoid and rear sinus cavities are empty and open to each other. My frontal and maxillary sinuses had another 30% of the 70% remaining turbonides scraped out (leaves me with about 50% of my original turbonide tissue) and windows punched in them. I am doing great and have been sinus infection free since the procedure was done back in October. And yes, I can breath through my nose now. Sense of smell has always been good, I have not detected much difference there.

If your ENT is not equiped to perform a turboplasty ask for a referral to one that can.. I know many in my home town, but none in Huntsville. I hope this helps.

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