Turbinectomy in Panama
What is turbinectomy?
Turbinectomy is a minimally invasive nose surgery used as a treatment for swollen turbinates, better known as turbinate hypertrophy.
When the turbinates become inflamed they can impede the correct flow of air, as well as cause breathing difficulties since these organs are responsible for filtering and humidifying the air that enters through the nose.
Through turbinectomy, the ENT doctor will be in charge of improving or eliminating the turbinates in order to achieve better breathing.
Surgical technique of turbinectomy.
The main objective of this surgical procedure is to help the patient regain their ability to breathe freely, maintain a greater amount of mucosa in the area and achieve an ideal turbinate size.
The turbinectomy technique is performed with an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible object with a tiny camera that allows the ENT doctor to observe the actual condition of the turbinate. ,
It is introduced through the nostrils until it reaches the problem area where cuts in the tissue are made with a microdebrider, or the turbinate is completely removed, depending on each case.
By means of turbinectomy, the inferior turbinate is removed, either partially or completely.
You must rely on your ENT doctor to help you determine the level of surgery you require, as well as to follow with determination the recommendations for post-operative care.
How to prepare for turbinectomy?
Depending on each case, turbinectomy may require local or total anesthesia. This will depend on the characteristics of the surgery and the patient in general. In either case, the following preparation is recommended:
- Do not eat for at least 10 hours before surgery; that is, after midnight before the appointment, do not eat or drink anything.
- Discontinue medications or supplements that are not authorized by the doctor. Your otolaryngologist will help you identify which drugs may hinder the surgery and recommend changes.
Cost of turbinectomy in Panama.
This surgery is different for each patient and, therefore, the price is personalized.
You can quote the price of turbinectomy in Panama with Dr. Lech.
Side effects of turbinectomy.
Turbinectomy side effects are risks that may be experienced in a small percentage of cases. In addition, the otolaryngologist will be in charge of diminishing them with post-operative examinations and strategies.
- Infection of the incision: a routine of cleaning and antibiotics is recommended.
- Bleeding: the doctor will take into account the necessary strategies to control bleeding during surgery.
- Allergies to the recommended medications.
- Change in the ability to smell.
- Insensitivity in the nose, internal or external skin.
- Fluid accumulation in the nose.
- Repetitive nasal blockage.
Frequently asked questions.
Does turbinectomy hurt?
During the surgical procedure, the patient does not feel any pain because of local sedation or general anesthesia. This decision depends on the doctor and the characteristics of the surgery.
However, it is inevitable that there is no pain and swelling in the area at the end of the surgery, which lasts at least 2 or 3 days.
This pain can be managed with drugs recommended by the doctor before surgery.
How does the nose look like after a turbinectomy?
This surgery is an internal process of the nose that is related to the turbinates; that is, there is no reason to notice an external difference after the process.
In some very isolated cases, patients notice a thinning of the nose because the turbinates were protruding and they are no longer noticeable now with the reduction.
Turbinectomy recovery time?
The turbinectomy is completely healed in a period of 2 months. However, rest is not so long, but is divided as follows:
Total rest during the first 7 days of total rest, gradually increasing the patient's activities, and avoiding exercise or strenuous activities.
After the first 7 days, regular routine activities can be resumed, such as returning to work.
Returning to sports will be a different process, since it requires the supervision of the doctor to know whether the nose is ready to perform these exercises.