Is alternating swelling post turbinoplasty/septoplasty common?
Doctor Answers 1
What you are noting is something called the nasal cycle. The turbinates are covered in erectile tissue and it is their job to warm and humidify inspired air. Anywhere from every 30 minutes to 3 hours they will alternate which side is engorged and which side is decongested. When you have septal swelling after surgery this is more pronounced because the septum takes up more space and when the turbinates go through their cycle you have less room to breathe. This will all resolve as the swelling settles out. All the best,
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