Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction

Minimally Invasive Turbinate surgery

What’s a turbinate, and why does it cause snoring?

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Turbinates are small structures located in your nose that can become enlarged due to allergies, chronic sinus inflammation, or environmental irritants. This condition, called nasal turbinate hypertrophy, can create chronic nasal obstruction, which in turn can cause snoring or mouth breathing. If a nasal decongestant spray like Afrin™ provides relief, your symptoms are probably caused by swollen turbinates. But it’s inadvisable to use decongestant nasal sprays regularly, as they can cause rebound congestion and even damage nasal tissue. A safe, long-term solution, radiofrequency turbinate reduction can provide a fast return to normal breathing. This minimally invasive turbinate surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in less than 20 minutes.

How radiofrequency turbinate reduction works

Turbinate reduction shrinks and removes the tissue causing nasal turbinate hypertrophy by utilizing low power, temperature-controlled radiofrequency (RF). Once the nasal passages have been numbed, a specialized radiofrequency wand with a small needle tip is inserted into each turbinate. During insertion, this wand gently heats a specifically targeted area, creating a coagulated lesion.

What to expect from nasal turbinate reduction

Your body quickly and naturally reabsorbs the area treated by the radio frequency. As this occurs, the turbinates shrink, relieving nasal obstruction and reducing or eliminating snoring altogether. Any initial discomfort is mild and treatable with over-the-counter medication.

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