The turbinates are 3 paired sets of structures that line the inside wall of the nose. They filter, moisten, and heat air as it enters the nose. Turbinates are made of small bones that are surrounded by soft tissue.
Outfracture is a procedure to break and shift these bones.
—your nose and the area around it will be numb, but you will still be awake
Description of the Procedure
A thin tube with a camera will be passed into your nose. It will allow the doctor to see inside the nose. Small tools will break the small bones. They will be pushed up to the side wall, away from the passageway.
Soft tissue may also be thinned-out around the area. Bleeding can be stopped using special tools, stitches, or packing.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the procedure. You will have pain after the procedure for the first few days. Medicine will help to manage pain.
At the Care Center
The care team will watch for complications while you wake. Recovery may also include:
Decongestant nasal sprays
Antibiotics to prevent infection
Medicine to prevent blood clots
You will need to take steps to avoid increasing pressure in your head. You may need to avoid heavy lifting or straining for a few days. Home care will also help the area heal. This may include nasal spray.
Call Your Doctor
It is important to monitor your recovery. Alert your doctor to any problems. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Increase in bleeding or discharge
Severe headache or neck stiffness
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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