Septoturbinoplasty- What Does This Term Mean?

I have been unable to find the term "septoturbinoplasty" in any online medical dictionary, medical site, or web search engine. I recently had this procedure done but have not had time to have the Doctor explain what it entailed. Why is there no definition or explanation to be found anywhere including the Harvard Medical School website?

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What is a septoturbinoplasty?

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Thank you for your question. The terms septoplasty, and turbinectomy are more often used then combining the 2 terms into 1 term.

The septoplasty is revision of your nasal septum and turbinectomy refers to resection of part of the inferior turbinate inside your nose both done to improve airflow through your nasal passages.

You should be breathing better through your nose after septoturbinoplasty.

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Septoturbinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum and enlarged turbinates. Your turbinates are organs in your nose that filter and humidify the air you breathe. When they're too large, turbinates may obstruct your breathing. Your septum is the wall inside your nose that separates your right and left nasal passages: when this is crooked or deviated, you may have obstructed breathing.

I refer to this procedure as: septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery. If a portion of turbinate is removed from your nose, rather than reduced, it may be called turbinectomy surgery.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoturbinoplasty- What Does This Term Mean?

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Septoturbinoplasty means the septum as well as the Turbinates, most likely the Inferior Turbinates, will undergo modification during the nasal surgery.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty and turbinate surgery

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Dear RikitiTrax

I think that you are having trouble finding the word because it is a mixture of two more commonly used words. 

  • Septoplasty is the surgical treatment of the structure that supports your nose and divides the nasal airway into a right and left side. 
  • Turbinoplasty is changing the shape or size of the humidifing and filtering organs in your nose.  They range in size and can be as big as a small index finger.

The surgery does not change the way the nose looks.  The addition of a rhinoplasty will change the outside appearance and possibly improve function of the nose.

Best wishes

Travis T. Tollefson, MD, MPH
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon

What is a Septoturbinoplasty?

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A septoturbinoplasty is a rarely used term combining 2 different procedures performed to improve nasal breathing. Nasal obstruction caused by a deviated or crooked septum is corrected with a septoplasty. The septum is that structure in the middle of the nose that lies between the 2 nostrils. Turbinates are bony and mucosal prominences in the nose that humidify the air we breathe. If they are too large they obstruct the nostrils and therefore are reduced or repositioned with a turbinoplasty. Hope this helps.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is a septoturbinoplasty

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Septo-turbinoplasty is a term referring to performing both a septoplasty (to straighten the nasal septum) and turbinate reduction. The turbinate reduction can involve outfracture, trimmining, submucosally resecting, or radiofrequency ablating them.


Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Reshaping of the Nose and Septum

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Septorhinoplasty is an umbrella term covering the group of operations which reshape the the septum and nose.

As to your not having  "had time to have the Doctor explain what it entailed", WOW! How could you allow anyone to touch you, much less operate on you without knowing exactly what the proposed operation, its risks and recovery entailed? Very trusting on your part.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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