Inferior turbinate reduction is a procedure to shrink the size of the inferior turbinate. There are numerous methods intended to treat turbinate hypertrophy; these methods are performed through the nostrils so that there’s no scarring. Such methods include directly cutting a portion off the bottom, removing bone from below, using electric devices (radio-frequency ablation) to remove tissue, fracturing the turbinate outward, or a combination of the aforementioned treatments. Typically we perform what is called a ‘submucosal inferior turbinate reduction” where a microdebrider is used to remove submucosal tissue and bone from the enlarged turbinate with minimal damage to the mucosa, or lining of the inferior turbinate.
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