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Inferior Turbinate Reduction

Nasal obstruction can cause significant difficulty breathing at night, leading to difficulty sleeping and mild forms of sleep apnea. It can also cause significant resistance to CPAP airflow, making it very difficult to tolerate.

Despite using nasal steroid sprays, decongestants, antihistamines, many patients do not achieve relief from their nasal obstruction. The culprit is often a large inferior turbinate – causing blockage of nasal airflow along the nasal floor.

Inferior turbinate reduction can reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion by effectively decreasing the size of the inferior turbinates.
Inferior turbinate reduction is an office procedure performed under local anesthesia through the nose, therefore, the patient does not have any visible incisions or bruising.

The recovery time after an inferior turbinate reduction is quite short, only 1 – 2 days. Patients can expect some nasal congestion due to swelling. After 1 week, patients return to the office for their post-operative visit. No packing is used during this procedure.

If you would like to learn more about inferior turbinate reduction, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.