Turbinate Reduction Surgery

Tubinate reduction is usually indicated when enlargement obstructs other parts of the nose and airways causing symptoms like sleep apnea, congestion and difficulty breathing. The procedure to reduce the size of the turbinates is often accompanied by a septoplasty, (a surgery that is used to correct a deviated septum). Nasal turbinates (or nasal concha) are bony and soft-tissue structures inside the nose. Their purpose is to trap dirt, dust, and particles like pollen so these irritants do not enter your lungs. They also add moisture and heat the air you breathe in which helps your lungs operate more effectively.

Allergies and other conditions can cause irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of the turbinates resulting in a blocked nasal airway (stuffy nose). Blocked nasal airway is a contributor to snoring.

Below you will find some of the side effects and symptoms of enlarged turbinates include:Turbinate Hypertrophy

  • Chronic stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Headaches
  • Decreased energy and fatigue
  • Occasional to frequent sinus infections

Most people find relief of their chronic stuffy nose with medications like antihistamines, decongestants or topical nasal steroids. When medications are ineffective in controlling symptoms or the nasal blockage is significant, minimally invasive or surgical treatments are necessary to reduce the size of the turbinates.

NJ Snoring & Sinus physicians perform Radio Frequency Turbinate Reduction to help our patients breathe better through their nose, reducing chronic stuffy nose, sinus infections, and snoring symptoms. The procedure is a quick, virtually painless office procedure with a fast recovery and a low incidence of side effects. Clinical studies have shown the procedure results in a reduction of nasal blockage by 50% within a week.1

How Turbine Reduction Surgery Works

Turbinate_reductionDuring a Radio Frequency (RF) Turbinate Reduction, under local anesthetic a probe is inserted into the turbinate in the nose to shrink some of the tissue within the turbinate thus reducing its size. RF is a lower-temperature technique for reduction of the turbinates. This is important because the mucous membranes are not altered, preserving normal nasal function. Preservation of the mucus membranes is important as they secrete mucus that traps small particles such as bacteria and dust. This helps to prevent foreign particles from entering the lungs and keeps the inside of the nose moisturized.

Recovery from turbinate reduction surgery.

The turbinate reduction recovery period is around 2-3 days, depending on the patient. Some with packing or who had a some inflammatory process at the time of surgery will need a little longer to recover. There is usually some post-operative pain. Patients who have had significant nasal and sinus surgery with packing can expect to be off of work for 4 to 7 days. Some people can go back to work the day after the packing is removed. Results from clinical studies and other surveys confirm that use of radio frequency to reduce turbinates improves breathing in patients almost immediately and snoring usually improves within three to four weeks of the procedure.

Turbinate reduction procedure


turbinate reductionThe turbinates reduction procedure is quick and takes about 90 seconds per side to complete the passes of the RF probe using only local anesthetic.

  • High levels of patient satisfaction
  • Effective relief that increase over time
  • Sustained reduction in degree of nasal obstruction at three, six and 12 months.1
  • At three months, 75 percent of patients report improvement in nasal breathing, increasing to 85 percent of patients at six months.2
  • Turbinate reduction procedures are usually covered by insurance.

If enlarged or inflamed turbinates are found during your evaluation, New York and New Jersey Snoring and Sinus physicians will correct it to improve your nasal breathing as part of your snoring treatment and overall improved health.

1. Back LJ, Hytonen ML, Malmberg HO, Ylikoski JS. Submucosal bipolar radiofrequency thermal ablation of inferior turbinates: a long-term follow-up with subjective and objective assessment. Laryngoscope. 2002; 112: 1806-1812
2. Bhattacharya N, Kepnes LJ, RNP, Boston, Massachusetts Clinical effectiveness of Coblation inferior turbinate reduction. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2003; 129:365-371.

We are conveniently located in Wayne and Ridgewood, NJ. Our clinic serves patients from Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Morris Counties.

Take the first step towards a better night's sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment at NJ Snoring & Sinus for a turbinate reduction surgery and deviated septum treatement evaluation today.