Inferior turbinate reduction surgery (1421)

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What is inferior turbinate reduction surgery?

When the tissues inside the nose are swollen, they block the airflow in the nose.   This surgery takes out some of the swollen tissue. There are different ways to do this surgery. Talk with your provider about the best option for your child. 

What do I need to know before my child's surgery?


We try to schedule surgery as soon as possible.  Please call our office if you have not heard from us in 2 weeks.

Surgery is best done when your child is healthy. If your child is sick, call the doctor or nurse right away. Surgery may need to be canceled.

You will be told when your child should stop eating and drinking before surgery. It is very important to follow this order. Your child’s surgery will need to be canceled if this order is not followed.


Some medicines can increase the chance of bleeding during surgery.  Do not give your child these medicines any time during the 2 weeks before surgery:

You may give Tylenol as needed. Do not stop any prescribed medicines without talking with your doctor. Please call our office if your child is put on any new medicines. 

What do I need to know after my child's surgery?

You will receive an after visit summary (AVS) after surgery.  The AVS will have details about:




Call your child's doctor, nurse, or the ENT clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • bright red bleeding from the nose that will not stop.
  • a temperature higher than 102 Fahrenheit.
  • special health care needs that were not covered by this information.