Turbinate Reduction

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Turbinate Reduction

Atlanta Snoring Institute ear, nose, and throat doctors perform radio frequency (RF) turbinate reduction to help our patients breathe better through their noses, reducing chronic stuffy nose, sinus infections, and snoring symptoms.

Nasal turbinates (or nasal concha) are bony and soft-tissue structures inside the nose. Their purpose is to trap dirt, dust, and particles like pollen so these irritants do not enter your lungs. They also add moisture and heat the air you breathe in, which helps your lungs operate more effectively.

Allergies and other conditions can cause irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of the turbinates resulting in a blocked nasal airway (stuffy nose). A blocked nasal airway is also a common contributor to snoring.

 

What are the symptoms of enlarged turbinates?

Symptoms of enlarged turbinates include:

  • Turbinate hypertrophy
  • Chronic stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Headaches
  • Decreased energy and fatigue
  • Occasional to frequent sinus infections

 

How are enlarged turbinates treated?

Most people find relief from a chronic stuffy nose with medications like antihistamines, decongestants or topical nasal steroids. When medications are ineffective at controlling symptoms or nasal blockage is significant, minimally invasive or surgical treatments may be necessary to reduce the size of the turbinates.

 

What is radio frequency turbinate reduction?

The procedure is a quick and virtually painless in-office procedure with a fast recovery and a low incidence of side effects. Clinical studies have shown the procedure results in a reduction of nasal blockage by 50% within a week.

Enlarged turbinates

How does radio frequency turbinate reduction work?

During an RF turbinate reduction, local anesthetic is applied and a probe is inserted into the nose to shrink some of the tissue within the turbinate, thus reducing its size. RF is a lower-temperature technique for reduction of the turbinates. This is important because it means that the mucous membranes are not altered, preserving normal nasal function. Preservation of the mucus membranes is important as they secrete mucus that traps small particles such as bacteria and dust. This helps to prevent foreign particles from entering the lungs and keeps the inside of the nose moisturized.

 

What are the advantages of radio frequency turbinate reduction?

  • Quick procedure that only takes about 90 seconds per side to complete the passes of the RF probe
  • Done using only local anesthetic
  • High levels of patient satisfaction
  • Effective relief that increases over time
  • Turbinate reduction procedures are usually covered by insurance

 

What results can I expect from radio frequency turbinate reduction?

Results from clinical studies confirm that use of radio frequency to reduce turbinates improves breathing in patients almost immediately and snoring usually improves within three to four weeks of the procedure.

 

Clinical studies of RF turbinate reduction have shown:

  • A sustained reduction in degree of nasal obstruction at three, six and 12 months.
  • At three months, 75 percent of patients reported improvement in nasal breathing, increasing to 85 percent of patients at six months.

 

Take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment¬†at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today. If enlarged or inflamed turbinates are found during your evaluation, our physicians will correct the problem to improve your nasal breathing as part of your snoring treatment and overall improved health.

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