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Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction Procedure

Treat Sinus Problems with Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

The turbinates are twisted bones that protrude into the breathing passages. These boney structures can become occasionally or chronically inflamed due to allergic rhinitis (allergies), bacterial infections, or viral infections. Radiofrequency turbinate reduction is a type of nasal surgery in which a certain radiofrequency is used to shrink the turbinates to the desired size and open breathing passageways.

Turbinates can be reduced in size via a standard resection in which a small incision is created in soft tissue, and a portion of the bone is removed. The surgeons at miVIP also offer radiofrequency turbinate reduction, which offers the greatest precision with the least recovery time. Surgical precision is crucial in turbinate reduction as removal of too much tissue can create further breathing problems as well as chronic nasal dryness.

How Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction is Performed

Low-power radiofrequency energy is used to agitate fleshy turbinate cells, which will cause the cells to dry and scar. The procedure is easy for patients to tolerate compared to more invasive types of sinus and nasal surgery. Targeted numbing agents are used in lieu of general anesthesia in order to reduce the risk of surgery and the impact the procedure has on the patient.

First, the nose is numbed with cotton soaked in a topical ointment. After about 20 minutes, a localized numbing agent is injected into the nose. The nose will be completely numb for the rest of the procedure. The radiofrequency needle is inserted in each turbinate for about 10 seconds. After the procedure is over, the needle is removed, and the nose is washed. Results are seen after the outer layer of the turbinate sheds, which often takes a short period of time.

Our ENT Nasal Surgeons at miVIP

Our world-class surgeons and support staff at miVIP are trained in the latest medical treatments and nasal surgery techniques. We attribute our success to our caring staff members and our commitment to offering the most advanced and effective treatments possible.

What to Expect During Recovery

Many patients experience some mild pain and discomfort for a few days after the procedure. It is also normal to experience mild bleeding. Many physicians recommend the temporary use of a nasal decongestant and saline spray to help make your recovery as easy as possible. The ability to breathe easier will be noticeable almost instantly, but the full effect of the procedure may not be noticed into the outer layer of the turbinate is fully reduced. Most patients report that the desired effects from the procedure last for years.

Let Our Patient Advocacy Team Help Address the Cost

We currently accept most major PPO and POS insurance plans. Our patient advocacy team frequently helps patients work with insurance companies or develop financial plans to cover patient out-of-pocket expenses for nasal surgery or radiofrequency turbinate reduction procedure.

Call Us Today and Learn More

Contact us at 877-956-2263 to learn more about different types of nasal surgery and how we can help you breathe easier. Enjoy a superior quality of life without putting your life on hold. Address swollen turbinates with an easy radiofrequency turbinate reduction procedure.

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