Generally safe and common procedure
Septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery are very common procedures performed by ENT physicians. It is safe. The main important aspect is to consult with a surgeon who is very experienced with the procedure, someone who does a lot of these surgeries. The septoplasty requires repositioning of the cartilage in an expert fashion. And the turbinate membrane reduction requires trimming and reducing the correct amount of tissue.
As long as there is a conservative amount of tissue removed from the inferior turbinates, it is very rare to get emptying nose syndrome. Best to check with your operative surgeon to see if they have ever created ENS.
Turbinate reduction is very commonly done especially in conjunction with a septoplasty. The turbinates are reduced not totally removed. As such, having an "empty nose syndrome" is very rare. I would make sure your ENT is board certified and also let him/her know about your concerns.
Is Turbinate surgery safe and well tolerated? Yes
Thanks for your post. Septoplasty and bilateral partial turbinate reduction procedures are commonly performed surgeries for patients suffering from nasal obstruction, congestion, deviated nasal septum and enlarged inferior nasal turbinates which have not responded to medical or allergy therapy. When performed correctly the nose will not be "empty".Empty nose syndrome is a rare condition associated with patients who unfortunately have had radical traditional or endoscopic sinus surgery or inappropriate total removal of many normal intranasal structures including, inferior, middle and sometime supreme turbinates in conjunction with aggressive management for chronic sinusitis. An experienced and skilled ENT may recommend a conservative inferior turbinate reduction, along with correct for a deviated septum. You may wish to check the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) website for more information about risks, benefits and complications for these services. Overall, patient satisfaction and safety scores are high for septoplasty and turbinate surgery. Best wishes.