The nasal turbinates are an important structural component of the nose. The turbinates are made of soft tissue and tiny bones, and function as a natural air conditioner for the nose. The job of the nasal turbinates is to reduce the amount of dust, air, pollen and debris that gets into your system, but people who have enlarged turbinates may suffer from a variety of issues.
Increased snoring is often the result of large nasal turbinates, and people who have enlarged turbinates may be at an increased risk for frequent sinus infections or chronic sinusitis. Dr. Kevin Sadati offers the turbinate reduction surgery to his Orange County patients at his Newport Beach practice.
What are the Symptoms Associated with Enlarged Turbinates?
People who have enlarged nasal turbinates might find that they sneeze more often than normal, and they constantly feel like they have a congested nose. In addition, those with enlarged nasal turbinates are prone to mouth breathing and often snore. Headaches, fatigue and frequent sinus infections also are symptoms of enlarged turbinates. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and you want to explore your options, you should take that important first step and contact Dr. Kevin Sadati today.
What Is Turbinate Surgery?
Turbinate surgery is a procedure in which the size of the nasal turbinates is reduced. By reducing the size of the turbinates, patients often find relief from the uncomfortable symptoms that they have been experiencing. The procedure itself does not take a long time to complete, and many patients find that the recovery process is manageable. Dr. Kevin Sadati believes that surgery is necessary for patients who have not found relief through other treatment options. If medications no longer seem to be clearing your nose and relieving you of your symptoms, it might be time to consider your surgical treatment options.
How is Turbinate Reduction Surgery Performed?
If the turbinate reduction surgery is being completed on its own, this procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office using local anesthesia. However, Dr. Kevin Sadati often finds that many patients who require a turbinate reduction also need a septoplasty or another sinus surgery performed at the same time. In the event of a combination procedure, the turbinate reduction will be performed in a traditional operating room. In this circumstance, patients are placed under general anesthesia.
Dr. Kevin Sadati prefers to wait to perform the turbinate reduction surgery until all other medical options have been explored. However, if patients feel that they are no longer getting relief from traditional over-the-counter and prescription medications and other treatments have failed, the turbinate surgery may be their best option. To find out more information about the turbinate reduction procedure and to see if you are a candidate for it, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Kevin Sadati today.