Turbinate reduction surgery is a procedure that aims to reduce the size of nasal turbinates (or nasal concha) to increase airflow through the nasal passages. This surgery is minimally invasive and does not require a lengthy recovery time. Dr. John Austin is highly skilled at providing patients with relief from nasal obstruction due to enlarged turbinates.
What are Turbinates?
The United States National Library of Medicine and National Health Institute states: “The inside walls of the nose have 3 pairs of long thin bones covered with thin tissue. These bones are called nasal turbinates.” John’s Hopkins Medicine describes the job of nasal turbinates as “to clean and humidify the air as it moves through your nose into your lungs.”
Turbinate hypertrophy is a condition in which the nasal turbinates become enlarged. When turbinate hypertrophy occurs, the result can be nasal obstruction. Nasal obstruction is a problem as it:
- Leads to congested and labored breathing
- Increases trouble breathing during sleep
- Can induce chronic nosebleeds
- Can cause chronic sinus infections
Turbinate Reduction Surgery
The goal of turbinate reduction surgery is to “correct the problem of nasal obstruction by reducing the turbinate size and thereby decreasing airway resistance while preserving the natural function of the turbinates,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Turbinate reduction surgery aims to improve airflow through the nasal passages. The surgery may also help reduce both nasal drainage and post-nasal drip.
Some patients who require turbinate reduction surgery might undergo a surgical septoplasty at the time of the turbinate reduction surgery. A surgical septoplasty “is performed to straighten a deviated, or crooked, nasal septum.” A deviated septum is an incredibly common occurrence, indeed it is rare for a doctors to see septums that are truly straight. Surgical septoplasty may be performed simultaneously with turbinate surgery in order to further improve airflow and reduce nasal discharge and post-nasal drip.
The methods for surgical turbinate surgery vary from case to case. However, most frequently the procedure is done using a nasal endoscope. A nasal endoscope is a thin tube that is inserted into the nose and provides the doctor with a magnified view of the area during surgery. Turbinate reduction may be done under both local or general anesthesia.
Johns Hopkins Medicine describes the surgical procedure, saying: “Your surgeon makes an incision in the lining mucosa of the turbinate and carefully removes the underlying bone of the turbinate. Your doctor may elect to use a micrdebrider to thin the tissue around the turbinate. Alternatively, they may be cauterized with radio frequency or electrical current (cautery or radiofrequency surgery).”
Benefits to Turbinate Reduction Surgery
The first major benefit to turbinate reduction surgery is the improved airflow and relief from nasal obstruction. Also, the surgery may reduce the amount of nasal drainage and post-nasal drip. Turbinate reduction surgery is completed entirely via the nostrils, so there is no facial scarring to worry about. Most patients are able to return home the same day they have the surgery.
The Provider You Can Trust
Dr. John Austin has been serving the Austin area as an ENT expert since 1995. In 1997, Dr Austin became the first ENT physician in the Austin area to become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Austin is also a board certified Otolayrngologist.
Dr. Austin and his staff provide the care and convenience you desire. With three office locations in the Austin area, there is sure to be one located near you. Dr. Austin provides turbinate reduction surgery in addition to a vast list of other ENT conditions. Stop suffering and start your journey to wellness and a healthier, happier life by contacting Dr. John Austin today.