Nasal obstruction is often caused by the enlargement of the inferior turbinate structures. Turbinates are protruding structures within the nasal cavity that warm air as it passes through the nose. Hairs growing on these structures also trap any dust and particles in the air being inhaled. One of the three turbinate structures (superior, middle and inferior turbinate), the inferior turbinates sometimes get enlarged and obstruct the free flow of air into and out of the nose. This causes discomfort, snoring and a general feeling of “stuffiness” in patients. The most effective form of treatment of this condition today involves a turbinoplasty procedure known as coblation turbinoplasty.
Coblation turbinoplasty is an ENT turbinate reduction that involves the shrinkage of the enlarged turbinates in order to clear the passageway of the nose. Coblation turbinate reduction utilizes a sophisticated radio wave device (more advanced than laser) to cauterize the affected turbinates and cause them to shrink. Performed as an outpatient procedure, coblation turbinoplasty is done under local anesthetic and results in minimal bleeding and often favorable outcomes post-op. The procedure is performed by inserting the coblation probe into the affected turbinate, then activating the device, which causes the tissue to shrink immediately. This is repeated to get maximal results. In many cases the patient can go home only one hour after the operation.
When you come in, these are the steps you will follow:
Side effects from coblation turbinoplasty include:
The prognosis for this procedure is usually favorable and most patients go on to have a complication-free turbinoplasty recovery. Owing to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, there is little to no bleeding, hence little wound management is required. The surgeon may schedule you for a follow up appointment to examine you and determine if the procedure was indeed successful in clearing your nasal airway.
To find out more about our coblation turbinoplasty service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.