On each side of the nose, there are three turbinates, which are small winding channels that clean and humidify the air that passes through them into the lungs. These structures can become chronically swollen and obstruct the nasal passages. This condition is called turbinate hypertrophy, and if you suffer from it, Dr. Ardesh in his Los Angeles office can perform a simple procedure that should immediately correct it and bring you relief.
What are the symptoms of an enlarged turbinate?
The need for a turbinate reduction occurs when the swollen size obstructs other areas of the nasal airway. Some disorders may include:
- Sleep apnea
- Excessive congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Difficulty breathing
The RF reduction has a fast recovery rate of about three weeks for full recovery with little discomfort as you heal. New scar tissue will form.
The surgical reduction option requires more time for the nasal tissues to heal into place. It may take anywhere between three and six months for a full recovery. In the first week after surgery, you may need to pack your nostrils to help the tissues stay in place. You should keep your head elevated when sleeping at night.
Turbinate reduction with septoplasty
These two procedures are commonly done together when there is a deviated septum. The result is incredible relief and much more comfortable breathing. A deviated septum is caused by a shift in bone and cartilage between the nostrils. When this occurs, the turbinates are often compressed and react by swelling, effectively sealing the air channels.
One common technique is the use of a microdebrider with a tiny curved tip the surgeon uses to precisely straighten the nose while also reducing the size of the turbinates.