Turbinate Reduction Surgery

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had your fair share of sinus issues. Therefore, you’ve probably heard a doctor refer to your “nasal turbinates.” More than likely, you responded like most of us do when doctors use “doctor terms”— you nod and act like you understand.

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What Are Turbinates?

Turbinates are also referred to as nasal concha or conchae when plural. They are located within your nasal passageways and are a network of bones, vessels, and tissue shaped like a shell. You can think of them as climate control for your nasal passageways; humidifying, warming, and filtering the air you breathe. 

Unfortunately, the vessels can become inflamed if there is excessive soft tissue, or the bony part of your nose is too large.  This is when corrective surgery is needed to relieve the inflammation and restore the normal working order.

 

 

The symptoms that normally indicate a need for turbinate reduction include:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Postnasal Drip

Postnasal Drip

Breathing Difficulty

Breathing Difficulty

Congestion

Congestion

The Procedure

Turbinate reduction is performed in our state-of-the-art facility and is typically just day surgery. The doctor uses an endoscope through the nostrils to navigate and visualize the interior structures in the nose. This method is used to allow the procedure to be done without a visible incision. 

We then make a small incision in the lining of the turbinate and remove a small portion of the bone. We may also use a microdebrider to reduce tissue thickness around the bone. To cauterize, (stop bleeding) we use a tool that uses radiofrequency to make the process smooth and clean. 

After Care

After the procedure, we will keep you in recovery to monitor vitals and make sure you are safe to go home. You will need to bring someone to safely drive you home. Any instructions given here are for general expectations only. The doctor’s specific instructions to you override anything given here.

Get Back To Breathing Freely In One Day

Don’t let minor abnormalities or inflammation get in the way of living your best life. Contact us today to discuss if turbinate reduction is right for you.

CALL (623) 323-4222