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A turbinectomy is a surgical procedure that opens up the nasal passages by removing bone and soft tissue. The procedure may be required for the following reasons:

  • deviated nasal septum

  • swollen adenoids

  • polyps or a tumour affecting the nose

  • swelling of the turbinate due to allergy

A turbinate is a long, curled bone shelf that protrudes into the breathing passage in the nose and are responsible for forcing inhaled air to flow in a steady, regular pattern around the nose.

Turbinectomy may be performed in conjunction with other nasal surgeries such as septoplasty, rhinoplasty, or sinus surgery.

When performed to address snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, turbinectomy may take one of several forms, depending on an individual’s anatomy. Your surgeon may remove bone only, or bone and soft tissue. 

Performed under a general anaesthetic the procedure allows you to return home on the same day as the operation. 

We advise that you are away from work for a period of one week following the operation. 

Please do discuss any questions you may have with your consultant prior to the procedure.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551