Snoring and mouth breathing may be the only signs of chronic nasal obstruction many patients will have. Turbinate reduction can provide a safe, fast return to normal breathing through your nasal passages. This minimally invasive treatment will relieve chronic nasal obstruction caused by enlarged turbinates (small structures located in the nose). The procedure, which is painless for most patients, can be performed under local anesthesia in less than 20 minutes.
How It works
Turbinate reduction uses low power, temperature controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy to shrink and remove tissue that can cause nasal obstruction. Once the nasal passages are numb, a specialized radiofrequency wand with a small needle tip is inserted into each turbinate. During insertion, this wand is gently heating a specifically targeted area, creating a coagulated lesion.
What To Expect
This coagulated lesion will be reabsorbed quickly and naturally by the body. This causes the turbinates to shrink, relieving nasal obstruction and reducing or eliminating snoring altogether. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort after treatment; however, most discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter medication and rapidly resolves.