The inferior turbinates are the gateways of our airway. Although they provide important functions such as humidifying and filtering the air we breathe, they can become problematic either due to being too large or from allergies.
The turbinates are small curved bones that extend horizontally along the wall of the nasal passage. Their purpose is to humidify and filter the air that is inhaled through the nose. The inferior turbinate fills the lower portion of the nasal airway and can become very swollen in response to allergies or infections. When a patient’s turbinate is abnormally large and does not respond to traditional therapies such as antihistamines or antibiotics, surgical intervention may be recommended.
Surgically shrinking the turbinates can provide significant relief of nasal breathing and allergy symptoms in patients not wanting to be on medicated nasal sprays for a long time.
Coblator Radiofrequency Treatment
The Coblator is a minimally invasive way to shrink the turbinate tissue without damaging the lining or the function of the turbinate. This turbinate reduction alleviates chronic nasal congestion and nasal obstruction.
During surgery, the turbinate is shrunk by the placement of a surgical probe. Using radiofrequency, the submucosal tissue is vaporized while the muscosal layer is preserved to allow for continued nasal humidification. Patients may experience mild dryness during recovery, but are usually able to achieve effective results from this procedure.
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