Turbinate surgery is designed to reduce its size, primarily of enlarged inferior turbinates. Turbinoplasty is another name for surgery on the nasal turbinates. Turbinate surgery is usually combined with septoplasty, sinus surgery, or rhinoplasty. The inferior turbinate can be reduced in several ways:
- Directly cutting a portion off
- Removing the inside portion
- Pushing the turbinate outward
- Combination of the above
Surgery on the turbinates is done with specialized equipment and endoscopic cameras. All methods of turbinate surgery are performed entirely through the nostrils, without external incisions. Occasionally, turbinate tissue will re-grow or re-swell after turbinate surgery, and the procedure may need to be repeated. Dr. Chaboki has extensive experience in these various methods of turbinate surgery.