Turbinate Reduction

Are you asking, “What is causing my nasal airway to be blocked?” Find your answer!

If air can’t flow from your nose, it has no choice but to escape through your mouth. This one-way airflow, due to a blocked nasal passage, can affect your quality of sleep, lead to bad breath and affect your energy. By finding the cause, you can then learn the steps needed to combat this problem.

One of the problems associated with airway blockages is enlarged turbinates. Request an appointment with Indianapolis Sinus Center today to determine the cause and begin treatment to find relief. After requesting your appointment, continue reading below to learn if turbinates might be the cause and to get a picture of what your treatment options will look like.

Enlarged Turbinates: are they the cause?

A turbinate is a bone-like structure inside the nose that is designed to cleanse, warm and humidify the air entering your nose. The three turbinates in your nose (four turbinates is also a possibility) can become swollen and irritated, causing nasal obstruction.

Turbinates only create problems when enlarged, due to their location in your nasal passageway. This prevents the air from having the space needed to direct airflow.

Why do turbinates expand?

Turbinate enlargement, referred to as “turbinate hypertrophy,” can take place due to health conditions, including the common cold, allergies, sleep apnea, collapsed nasal valve, and chronic sinus inflammation.

Contact your Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor to discover if your symptoms warrant a turbinate reduction procedure, or continue reading below.

Could turbinate reduction work for you?

By contacting your ENT specialists at Indianapolis Sinus Center, you can learn if you are a candidate for a turbinate reduction procedure. You can also perform a test on your own to gain information about your condition, called the Cottle Maneuver. This test can be performed in minutes and at home.

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How to Perform the Cottle Maneuver

Follow the directions listed out below to determine if enlarged turbinates are not what’s affecting your breathing.

  • Lightly press the tips of two fingers near the base of your nose, on your cheeks
  • Pull backward towards your ears to potentially open the nasal airway
  • Breathe in deeply through your nose
  • Observe your breathing to see if it has improved

The Cottle Maneuver can give you clarity that enlarged turbinates are not likely your issue if breathing temporarily improves during this test.

The Cottle Maneuver can help determine if you are a good candidate for turbinate reduction

Explore Treatment Options with Indianapolis Sinus Center

There is more than one way to treat enlarged turbinates. You and our specialists will explore treatment options if you are suffering from nasal congestion due to enlarged turbinates.

Treatment options include Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction (RFTR), turbinate “smashing,” collapsing the turbinates, and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Both RFTR and “smashing” are minimally-invasive treatments that can be performed in our office while turbinate collapsing and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery are considered more invasive procedures and will require longer recovery periods.

Relief options for patients suffering from enlarged turbinates

Begin breathing easy with Indianapolis Sinus Center. Start today!

Are you ready to take action and be able to once again breathe from your nose? The Indianapolis Sinus Center brings a dedicated and experienced staff to effectively treat your condition.

Breathe with ease, not with strain. Enlarged turbinates can be resolved!

Turbinate reduction procedures can create an open nasal airway and bring you back to a worry-free state of life.

Contact us today to see if a turbinate reduction procedure is the right treatment option for you!

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