Turbinate Reduction Procedure

The turbinates are the fleshy shelves that are located on the inside of your nose. As these become enlarged from seasonal allergies, colds, or air irritants such as smoke, pollen, or animal dander, you may begin to feel increasingly congested. A turbinate reduction involves reducing the size of your turbinates to normal levels while not compromising their purpose of moisturizing, filtering, and warming the air that you breathe in.

Turbinate reduction can be done through a standard approach, which involves creating an incision in the soft tissue and removing a portion of the bone. While effective, this method does have its fair share of risks. Removing too little tissue or bone may do little to treat your symptoms, while too much can led to chronic nasal dryness and breathing problems. Fortunately, we at miVIP employ several minimally invasive methods to treat an enlarged turbinate, including microdebrider reduction, coblation, radiofrequency reduction, and compression with lateralization.

How it Works

Microdebrider reduction works by utilizing a tiny rotating blade to gently remove excess turbinate tissue from the inside out while preserving the external mucosa necessary for proper function.

Radiofrequency ablation is done using low-power radiofrequency energy to agitate or shake up the fleshy tissue of the turbinate, causing it to shrink and stabilize.

Coblation reduction utilizes a combination of energies to reduce and stabilize excess turbinate tissue.

Compression and lateralization is accomplished by gently comparessing and outfracturing the turbinate to create a more open air passage. this can be utilized alone or in conjunction with the other methods to achieve optimal results.

Each procedure can be accomplished either awake in the clinic setting, or asleep in surgery alone or as part of a larger sinus and/or nasal operation, depending upon the needs and wishes of the individual patient.

The procedures are done as follows:

  • The nose is numbed with cotton balls soaked in a topical ointment.
  • After about 10-20 minutes, the topical agent is again sprayed into the nose. Waiting another 5 – 10 minutes allows the nose to become completely numb.
  • The individual device (depending upon the procedure) is then inserted into the turbinate or touched to the surface. Each turbinate site is treated individually.
  • After the procedure, the nose is gently washed out.
  • After a period of time, depending upon the procedure the turnbinate may crust and shed, thus reducing in size and allowing you to breathe better through your nose.

What to Expect with Your Recovery

Immediately following the procedure, you may feel some light pain and discomfort for a couple of days. Taking a nasal decongestant to reduce swelling and using a saline spray to keep the area moist should help to address that. A tiny amount of bleeding is normal, but rapid bleeding may require more intervention.

The difference in your breathing will be evident almost instantly, but the full effect may not be felt until up to six weeks after the procedure. Once complete, most are able to enjoy the effect of the procedure for years.

Let Our Patient Advocacy Team Help You with Your Insurance

Our exceptional patient advocacy team doesn’t want you to have to worry about the cost of the procedure. They’ll handle the details of benefit verification and insurance pre-authorization. In the event that you don’t have insurance coverage, they can work with you to develop a personalized financial plan.

We Want to Help You

Breathe easier with a turbinate reduction at miVIP. You’ll be glad that you did. Call us at 855-496-4847 to schedule your initial consultation right now.