Turbinate Reduction Surgery

This is a LIVE Turbinate Reduction Procedure

NOTE: This presentation has a live surgical video showing an in-office Turbinate Reduction procedure. This video offered for informational and educational purposes. It is not intended as any medical advice. Viewer discretion is advised.


Did you know one of the most common causes of nasal congestions is big inferior turbinates? Turbinates and septums can be the real cause of sinus problems. 

You have three turbinates: (1) Upper or superior; (2) middle; (3) lower or inferior. Your turbinates are responsible for warming, humidifying, and filtering the air you breathe. Generally, they do this by swelling periodically with increased blood flow — this swelling alternates between each side of your nose every few hours. This alternate swelling is called the nasal cycle. If it ever feels like your congestions switches sides, it does — you are correct.

The inferior turbinate goes from the front of the nose to the back of the nose — the entire length of the nasal cavity. Your inferior turbinate is the one most involved in nasal congestion. If your inferior turbinates are too large, it can obstruct one or both sides of your nose.

When you breathe through your nose, air passes over the turbinate, so water can efficiently evaporate into the air and condition the air for you. Inferior turbinates that are too big block the airflow. Turbinates can be "big" for lots of reasons. Sometimes they're just big and sometimes it's due to things like nasal allergies.


Upper and lower turbinates



Normal inferior turbinates — air can cycle through easily



Big inferior turbinates — air cannot get through as well



Afrin and Sudafed are nasal decongestants that constrict the blood vessels of your turbinate and squeeze the blood out of them. It's like taking a grape and turning it into a raisin temporarily.

So while the turbinate is nice and small, you can breath great, until the medication wears off and then they swell (get too big) again.

Just like you can make your turbinate smaller by using chemicals such as Afrin or oral decongestants, we can also make that turbinate smaller with simple office procedures.

What's the difference between an in-office inferior turbination reduction and medications? The procedure is permanent. The medicine will wear off. With a turbinate reduction procedure, you won't need topical or oral decongestants.

The procedure is fast, with minimal pain or downtime. Watch the video, and you'll see for yourself. I've performed hundreds of these procedures, and they work.

To learn more about turbinate reduction, go here.

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