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Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy

What is a turbinate?

Konka is the Latin word for 'nose meat'. The turbinates (nasal concha) are divided into 3 as upper, middle and lower. There are 6 in total, 3 on the right and left nasal wall. 

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What is turbinate hypertrophy? 

Conca = nasal meat, hypertrophy = growth. Concha hypertrophy means that the nasal concha grows more than normal. It is usually used for the growth of the lower (inferior) nasal pair. As a result of concha hypertrophy, the nasal concha in the nose occupies a lot of space, thus the area where the air will pass is narrowed. It contributes to nasal congestion when alone or with other intranasal problems (eg septum deviation).

What is the treatment for turbinate hypertrophy?

Varies depending on the underlying cause. Drug treatment and surgery options are available. It should be evaluated individually. There are drug treatment options that can reduce the nasal contours in allergy-related complaints. There are also turbinate hypertrophy surgery options.

How is concha hypertrophy surgery performed (Nasal surgery)

Various surgery options are available according to the size of the turbinate hypertrophy and the flesh / bone ratio of the turbinate. One of the most common methods concha radiofrequency It is to reduce the meats of the nose. It is aimed to reduce the concha radiofrequency nasal concha with radiofrequency energy. It can often be performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia / sedation.

Again, under endoscopic examination (with a camera system), there are also options for surgery by removing a bone or a part of the lower turbinates. Which nasal surgery should be applied should be evaluated specially for the person and the nose.

How is nasal concha reduction performed with concha radiofrequency?

Narcotic spray is sprayed into the nose. Afterwards, local anesthetic is injected into the lower nasal concha to ensure complete pain blockade. The thin-tipped radiofrequency tip is placed at 1 entry point in the nasal meat. Depending on the need, radiofrequency energy is given to various points of the nasal meat along the lower nasal concha and the nasal concha shrinks and its effect is seen under direct examination. After sufficient application, the process is ended.

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The healing process in those who have nasal concha reduction with radiofrequency

  • After the procedure, crusting is expected in the nose, especially in the first month.
  • Smoking after the procedure increases crusting.
  • Hard blowing is not recommended for the first week after surgery.
  • Watering into the nose at least 10-15 times a day reduces crusting and accelerates the excretion of the crusts.
  • Moisturizing the inside of the nose and treatments that accelerate healing will benefit.
  • Room humidifiers / room steam machines are beneficial in the postoperative period, especially for people with dry climate and dry air.

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