Turbinate reduction surgery is a common procedure performed at La Peer’s Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence. All of the doctors at La Peer are board-certified, experts in their field, and have comprehensive training to improve nasal obstruction through various techniques of reconstructive surgery. Contact our surgeons today at (888) 762-8408 to schedule a consultation.
What is Inferior Turbinate?
The inferior turbinate is an elongated, tubular like structure inside of the nose that is intended to humidify air as it goes through the nasal passageway. In addition to humidification, the inferior turbinate also helps with heating and filtering the air breathed in. It’s considered a necessary anatomical element vital to optimal nasal breathing. Without an inferior turbinate, you would have less humidification, heating, and filtering of the air you take in via the nose. This causes less than ideal breathing patterns.
Each inferior turbinate runs parallel to the nasal floor, one on each side of the nose. There are three paired sets of turbinates in the nose: the superior (uppermost), middle (in-between), and inferior (lowermost). Of the three pairs, the inferior turbinates are used in routine nasal breathing and often evaluated in conjunction with the nasal septum.
The inferior turbinate is composed of an inner floating bone surrounded on the outside by a mucosal lining. When assessing the inferior turbinate, both the bone and lining are considered since each component contributes to the overall size, shape and function.
Symptoms of Turbinate Hypertrophy
The turbinates are the tube-like components in your nose. They heat, cleanse, and humidify the air as it passes through your nose and eventually down into your lungs. Turbinate hypertrophy occurs when the turbinates enlarge. The symptoms of turbinate hypertrophy are very similar to those of nasal septal deviations:
- Congested or blocked nasal breathing
- Breathing trouble at night and snoring
In some cases, these symptoms can be successfully treated with medications, such as nasal steroid sprays and antihistamine sprays or even oral antihistamines. For patients that do not respond favorably to the medications, turbinate reduction surgery may help provide a lasting relief.
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Turbinate Reduction Surgery
Turbinate reduction surgery can result in significant improvement in patient breathing. There are several surgical options for treating turbinate hypertrophy. All of which are performed through the nostrils so there are no visible incisions or scarring. Some surgeries involve the use of a device to heat the inside of the turbinate, shrinking it down in size.
The procedure is designed to reduce the size of an enlarged turbinate and is referred to as a submucous resection of the turbinate. The surgery often results in instant relief, which will improve further as the swelling diminishes.
Another type of surgery, like Coblation, involves a technology called radiofrequency ablation, which also reduces the size of the turbinate from inside out. These approaches for inferior turbinate reduction mainly target the soft tissue in the turbinates rather than the mucosa or the bone.
In the instance when the bone component of the turbinate has to be addressed, a small incision can be made and the bone can then be partially resected and/or moved out to the side to help improve nasal breathing.
A combination of these methods may be utilized to obtain the most optimal surgical result. These procedures are all generally safe and efficient, although it is essential to contact an experienced sinus surgeon for this kind of procedure. Your turbinates serve an important nasal function, which need not be impaired.
Are You a Candidate for Inferior Turbinate Reduction Surgery?
We suggest scheduling a consultation with a well-trained nose specialist to determine what technique would suit your specific problem. The doctors at La Peer’s Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence are board-certified and perform many cutting edge procedures through innovative image-guidance systems. All are striving to give patients better quality of life.
During the initial consultation, your surgeon will examine you, study your CT Scan, if one is available, and discuss your medical history to determine whether you are a good candidate for turbinate reduction surgery. Your surgeon will explain the surgery, what you can expect and will answer any questions and/or concerns you may have.
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