Inferior turbinectomies are done to reduce the size of the turbinates and push them to the outside of the nose and away from the breathing airway. The treated turbinates also become less reactive to colds and allergies. This reduces future swelling and mucus production.
These procedures can be done in the operating room or in the office. They are often done in conjunction with nasal septoplasty. Turbinectomies are non-cosmetic, done as an outpatient, and are low pain requiring only Tylenol post-operatively. The procedures are covered by insurance.