Turbinate Surgery

Cautery of the Turbinates is often carried out in conjunction with septal surgery. The turbinates are small bones lined by mucosa inside the nose whose purpose it is to  moisten the air the patient breathes. Excessive swelling of these tissues is a common problem in the allergic patient and contributes to nasal obstruction.

Treatment by cautery shrinks the tissues and opens up the nasal airway. Patients with allergic rhinitis may also require additional medication or sprays.

 

The allergic congestion of the turbinates causes blockage of the nasal airway which can be relieved by electric cauterising of the turbinates.
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