Types of Nasal Surgery
Turbinate Reduction Surgery
Turbinates are internal folds or corrugations on each side of the nasal vault. The nose is analogous to an air conditioning panel. Enlarged turbinates are often the cause of chronic nasal congestion. Even after the underlying problem is addressed, such as chronic infection or allergy, the enlargement may remain. There are varying ways to reduce turbinate size, from radio frequency ablation done in the office under local anesthesia (no down time for the patient), to surgical reduction done in the operating room as an outpatient. Each treatment option has advantages and disadvantages. The best approach for each individual is discussed at the office visit.
Septoplasty is an operation that corrects defects or deformities of the nasal septum, the wall between the two nostrils. The goal of the surgery is to straighten the septum and relieve obstructions or other problems related to septal deviation. Surgery is performed via the nostril hence no external incisions are necessary. Septoplasty is highly successful at improving a poor nasal airway and mouth-breathing, and often improves recurrent sinusitis and snoring.
Turbinate reduction is performed when a patient’s turbinate is abnormally large, creating a nasal obstruction. The turbinates may swell in response to ear, nose and throat allergies or upper respiratory infections, resulting in a number of troubling symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Recurrent or chronic sinus infections
- Chronic nosebleeds
- Migraine headaches
- Sleep apnea
Some septal deformities may cause the following signs and symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact us for an assessment:
- Obstruction of one or both nostrils
- Facial pain
- Noisy breathing during sleep
- Awareness of the nasal cycle
- Preference for sleeping on a particular side
- Mouth breathing
If you feel you suffer from symptoms associated with inflamed or large turbinates, or issues with your septum, we are here to help. Contact us for an assessment.