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What is Turbinate Reduction?

Turbinate reduction is a treatment that can be surgical or non-surgical, which is applied to the patients when they suffer from a notable expansion of the turbinate.

The turbinates are the mucous formation forms on the lateral wall of the nose cavities, this area is important because it forms the drainage meatus of the paranasal sinuses.

When the turbinates are excessively swollen, they cause a blockage inside the nasal cavities and their function is interrupted.

Turbinate hypertrophy may can cause symptoms such as nasal congestion, headache, snoring, nasal infections and dryness and thickened mucus.

When this diagnosis is made, the otolaryngologist recommends a turbinate reduction depending on each patient’s case.

Tipos De Reducción De Cornetes
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Before and after turbinate’s reduction

The surgery offers a gradual relief of the symptoms produced by the inflammation of the turbinate. A few days after surgery the patient will be able to breathe normally.

Antes Y Después De La Reducción De Cornetes

Turbinate reduction side effects

There are several risks associated with the surgery and it will depend on the development of each patient physical condition, post-surgical care and their own genetic predispositions.

Not everyone suffers side effects after turbinate reduction; however, these are the risks:

Allergic reaction to medications.



Scar formation in the nose cavities.

Loss of sensation in the area.

Loss or decrease of sense of smell.

Nasal blockage returns.

Do you feel discomfort in your turbinates? You can count on Dr. Lech's care for quick relief.

Turbinate reduction types


The turbinate can become inflamed due to allergic causes. When the patient is exposed to pollen, pets, dust or plants causing an allergic reaction.

If the doctor determines that the reason for the condition is due to an allergy, you can naturally prevent exposure to the allergen.

The doctor will recommend cleaning the house, staying away from dust or eliminating any residue of whatever is causing the inflammation. 

A regular evaluation by the doctor will determine if the turbinates have returned to normal or require other type of treatment. 

Efectos Secundarios De La Reducción De Cornetes

Pharmacological treatment to reduce turbinates

The doctor will recommended to the patient a prescription medication for each particular case, these could be: corticosteroid nasal sprays, antiallergic and also the natural action of avoiding the agent that causes irritation.

Otolaryngologists prefer a less invasive treatment when the patient has an inflammatory process for the first time, however, if these two methods do not produce efficacy in the patient, it may be because the condition is chronic. In this case, the patient will need a surgical intervention.

Radiofrequency treatment as turbinate reduction

This is an outpatient procedure because it does not present any difficulty, it is a surgery that can be done without the need for hospitalization of the patient.

Radiofrequency is applied by means of electrodes that are introduced into the thickness of the turbinate. These electrodes remain cold and transmit the waves directly to the tissues, causing vaporization and destruction of the turbinate tissue, reducing its size and achieving a new space between the nose cavities.

The surgical session is performed in an operating room and you will need local anesthesia. The recovery is so fast that you can go home after a few hours.

Do you identify yourself with the above symptoms and think you need medical attention? Dr. Lech can help

Surgical treatments

The surgical options are very varied, these are:


In this procedure an endoscope (which is a tiny camera with light) is introduced, and also a high-speed device called a microdebrider that cuts the enlarged turbinate tissue.


During this procedure the turbinate is repositioned with specific tools, a technique called surgical fracture is performed. In some cases, part of the tissue must be torn to free the space between the nose cavity.


This tool cauterizes the tissue on which it is used, in the case of turbinate reduction, the nasal mucosa is removed until an appropriate size is obtained to allow air flow without obstruction.

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