Virtual Appointments - Now Available!

Learn More
Turbinectomy Image

Turbinectomy in Las Vegas, NV

79 Procedures ( View All )

What is a turbinectomy?

Patients at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, who have turbinate hypertrophy, a condition where the turbinates are swollen, experience constricted nasal breathing, chronic sinus infections, sleep apnea, and nosebleeds. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi performs an inferior turbinate reduction, or turbinectomy, to reduce airway resistance and decrease a turbinates’ size. After a turbinectomy, the small structures within the nose will be able to pass air safely through the nostril to the lungs.

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.

Expected Cost

Because inferior turbinate reduction is a complicated procedure, the cost of the surgery can run higher than most procedures. Patients can expect to pay between $10,000 and $15,000; however, some medical insurance companies may cover a portion of the costs. Patients are encouraged to ask about to their insurance coverage policy prior to the surgery to get a better estimate of the total cost. Virtual consultations are $100 and in-person consults $300 the consult fee goes towards the procedure they are non-refundable.

Request Consultation

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost  
$4,000 - $6,000
Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Contact Us

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.

Related Procedures

Related Posts

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.