The inside walls of the nose have 3 pairs of long thin bones covered with thin tissue. These bones are called nasal turbinates. Allergies or other nasal problems can cause the turbinates to swell and block airflow. Surgery can be done to fix blocked airways and improve your breathing.
TurbinoplastyA tool is placed in the nose to change the position of the turbinate. This is called the outfracture technique. Some of the tissue may also be shaved off. You may have general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, so you are asleep and pain-free during surgery.
What is the function of the turbinates?
The turbinates control the flow of air through the nose. They also warm and humidify the air that we breathe and catch small particles of dust.
What problems can occur in the turbinates?
There are three main problems that may affect your turbinates:
The turbinates are too bulky causing blockage
If you have allergy (Hayfever/ Allergic rhinitis), the turbinates can swell up causing blockage
If you have a deviated septum, when you undergo septoplasty surgery to correct the deviation, the turbinates must be corrected at the same time, otherwise they will cause blockage.