Turbinates

The turbinates are structures made of bone and tissue located on both sides of the nasal passage. They project from the sides of the nasal cavity and are coated with mucosa to warm and smooth the airflow through the nose to the lungs. Nasal stuffiness and obstruction are often caused by chronic enlargement of the nasal turbinates.

Causes of Enlarged Turbinates

Allergies or other conditions can cause irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of turbinates, resulting in a blocked nasal passage causing a “stuffy nose”. One of our Broward Sinus Doctors can evaluate your symptoms and conduct a nasal exam to determine whether or not you have enlarged interior turbinates. A nasal endoscopy performed in the office is usually necessary to accurately diagnose the cause of your nasal obstruction. A CT Scan is often necessary as well. Once the diagnosis is determined, your doctor can discuss the best treatment options for you.

Treatment

If the turbinates are swollen, medications are helpful in reducing the size of the turbinates and improving nasal airflow. If medications are not sufficient to reduce the swelling, surgery is also an option. Turbinate Coblation surgery will reduce the size of the turbinates allowing them to maintain their function and help relieve symptoms such as nasal drainage and post-nasal drip.


Coblation Turbinate Reduction

Turbinate Coblation is a quick, unique, office-based procedure used to shrink abnormally enlarged turbinates. Turbinate Coblation can provide lasting relief from nasal pain, congestion and pressure. It can also offer immediate and dramatic results in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.

Turbinate Coblation uses very low levels of radio frequency energy to create finely controlled coagulative lesions beneath the mucosa of the nasal turbinate. These lesions are eventually reabsorbed, reducing tissue volume and the symptoms of nasal congestion. The Coblation Turbinate Reduction procedure is performed under local anesthesia in an office or outpatient setting and takes less than 30 minutes. The procedure involves very little pain and most patients are able to resume normal activities the same day. Acceptable results are found in a high percentage of patients within four to six weeks.

Allergies or other conditions can cause irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of turbinates, resulting in a blocked nasal passage or a “blocked nose” causing a stuffy congested nose. One of our Broward Sinus Doctors can evaluate your symptoms and conduct a nasal exam to determine whether or not you have enlarged interior turbinates. A nasal endoscopy performed in the office is usually necessary to accurately diagnose the cause of your nasal obstruction. A CT Scan is often necessary as well. Once the diagnosis is determined, we can discuss the best treatment options for you.

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