Turbinate Reduction

The lowest turbinate, called the inferior turbinate, can become swollen due to untreated allergies and other causes. When this occurs, it causes blockage in the nasal cavities, leading to:
 
  • Sneezing
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Sinus headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Chronic stuffy nose


Is Turbinate Reduction Sinus Surgery Right For Me?

With our physicians, a turbinate reduction sinus surgery begins with a thorough consultation and examination. He will ask about your symptoms and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you like. He wants to ensure you completely understand your condition as well as the procedure that will treat it.

Turbinate reduction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. This can depend on many physical factors, but may also simply depend on your personal preference. This will be thoroughly discussed with our physicians beforehand.

The performing physician begins the procedure by inserting an endoscope into the nasal cavity to visualize the inferior turbinate. Once this is done, he makes an incision using specialized tools. Through the incision, he removes underlying bone at the base of the inferior turbinate, which reduces its size while still allowing it to purify air. During the surgery, the physician may also reduce the thickness of the soft tissue surrounding the turbinate.