Turbinate Reduction

What is a turbinate reduction?

turbinate reduction austin tx | Sinus & Snoring SpecialistsTurbinates are the structures in the nose that filter and humidify the air we breathe. Sometimes they become too large secondary to allergies, sinus infection, or septal deviation. Turbinate reduction is a simple office procedure intended to shrink the turbinate back to a normal size to improve the patients breathing.

How does the turbinate reduce airflow in the nasal passage?

The turbinate swelling fills the available space to breathe and therefore the patient feels congestion and nasal obstruction.

symptoms of swollen turbinates

When the turbinates enlarge they literally fill the available space in the nasal cavity. They will swell from the side of the nose all the way to the middle, making contact with the septum. Patients with turbinate enlargement feel as if the nose is completely blocked or will notice that one side or the other is blocked alternating sides.

If a patient feels chronic congestion causing difficulty freely breathing through their nose they should have an evaluation to see if turbinate swelling is the cause. Patients with turbinate enlargement may also experience sinus pressure, headache, mouth breathing, and snoring.

Oral decongestants or topical decongestants provide relief in turbinate enlargement but the symptoms quickly recur after that medicine wears off.

how can I prepare for a turbinate reduction?

It’s a simple procedure. Upon arrival at our office patients are instructed to take four puffs of afrin in each nostril. The rest is up to us. It will take only a few minutes and you will be on your way.

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-Kelly G.

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How is a turbinate reduction performed?

Reduction is a simple office procedure similar to liposuction. Under endoscopic view a small puncture is made in the turbinate that is swollen and the turbinate reduction is performed with a special instrument called a suction microdebridder. It takes about 5 minutes and can be done under local or under additional sedation if the patient desires.

What procedures can be combined with a turbinate reduction?

Turbinate reduction is frequently combined with balloon sinuplasty and septoplasty.

Turbinate Reduction recovery

There is no significant recovery with turbinate reduction. The patient may have a mild cold like sensation and a little blood in their nasal secretions for a couple of days. Pain medication is not required and there is no limitation of activity.

The patient may have a mild cold like sensation and a little blood in their nasal secretions for a couple of days.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in a turbinate reduction and would like more information, contact our office in Austin, TX today! Call 512-601-0303 to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.

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