Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction

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Atlanta Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction Surgery

Nasal turbinates, also known as nasal concha, are important structures inside the nose that trap dirt, dust and other particles so these irritants cannot enter your lungs. They also add moisture and heat the air you breathe in, helping your lungs to operate more effectively. When these bony and soft-tissue structures are irritated by allergies or other conditions, they can become inflamed and enlarged, resulting in a blocked nasal airway.

Our top Atlanta sinus doctors are experts at radiofrequency turbinate reduction, a minimally invasive in-office treatment for enlarged turbinates. At Atlanta Sinus Center, we pride ourselves on patient happiness and dedicate ourselves to the treatment and relief of sinus and nasal conditions. If you require radiofrequency turbinate reduction, schedule an appointment today using the form on this page.

 

What are the symptoms of enlarged turbinates?

Symptoms of enlarged turbinates include:

 

What is a radiofrequency turbinate reduction?

The Sinus Center of Atlanta’s physicians perform radio frequency (RF) turbinate reduction to help patients breathe more easily through their noses, reducing chronic stuffy nose, sinus infections and other symptoms. Turbinate reduction is a quick and virtually painless in-office procedure with a fast recovery and a low incidence of side effects. The procedure results in a 50% reduction of nasal blockage within a week, according to clinical studies.

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How does radiofrequency turbinate reduction work?

In an RF turbinate reduction procedure, local anesthesia is applied and a probe is inserted into the nose to shrink the tissues and size of the nasal turbinates using low-temperature radiofrequency energy. Because of the low temperature used with this technology, the mucous membranes are not altered and normal nasal function is preserved. This is important as mucous membranes secrete mucus that trap small particles such as bacteria and dust and prevents foreign particles from entering the lungs. The preservation of the mucous membranes also ensures that the inside of the nose will remain moisturized after the procedure.

 

What are the advantages of radiofrequency turbinate reduction?

  • Quick procedure that takes just minutes to complete each nasal passage
  • Only local anesthetic is needed
  • High levels of patient satisfaction
  • Effective relief that increases over time
  • Usually covered by insurance

 

What results can I expect from radiofrequency turbinate reduction?

Results from clinical studies confirm that use of radio frequency to reduce enlarged turbinates improves breathing in patients almost immediately. Other related symptoms, such as snoring, have shown significant improvement within three to four weeks of the procedure.

 

Clinical studies of RF turbinate reduction have shown:

  • A sustained improvement in nasal obstruction at three, six and 12 months.
  • At three months, 75 percent of patients reported improvement in nasal breathing, increasing to 85 percent of patients at six months.

 

Take the first step towards healthy breathing and relief from nasal congestion. Make an appointment at the Sinus Center of Atlanta for an evaluation today.

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