What is 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.
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
If you feel you suffer from symptoms associated with inflamed or large turbinates. We are here to help. Contact us for an assessment.