Turbinate Reduction / Turbinoplasty / Turbinectomy
The turbinates are normal structures at the side of the nose. This can be enlarged from allergy or infection. The is usually a concomitant enlargement of the turbinates in a nose with a deviated septum.
The turbinate can be reduced in size, altered in shape or trimmed off to achieve a wider nasal air space. This can be performed on its own or together with a septoplasty.
I now routinely do only Coblation turbinate reduction as this is fairly atraumatic and can be accomplished as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia in clinic.
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