Turbinate reduction surgery benefits patients who have had no relief from failed medical treatments such as nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, or other allergy treatment. Chronic nasal obstruction is caused by hypertrophy or swelling of the inferior nasal turbinates. Chronic nasal obstruction can affect your sleep patterns, resulting in chronic snoring and sleep apnea. It can also impair healthy breathing practices and force patients to breathe through the mouth.
Your Los Angeles Turbinate Reduction Surgeon is highly educated and trained in correcting this issue with Turbinate Reduction Surgery. Turbinate reduction surgery is often performed in conjunction with nasal septal surgery.
Dr. Arthur Wu | Beverly Hills Turbinate Reduction Surgeon
Dr. Arthur Wu is a Los Angeles Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor that routinely performs turbinate reduction surgery in order to correct nasal obstruction by reducing the turbinate size, while also preserving the natural function of the turbinates. The end result and overall goal is to improve a patient’s breathing through the nasal cavity and reduce runny nose and post-nasal drip. Dr. Wu’s Los Angeles Turbinate reduction surgery can improve the patient’s quality of life by decreasing headaches, snoring and symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
Turbinate Reduction Surgery in Los Angeles | Beverly Hills Sinus Center
The turbinates normally heat and humidify the air entering the nasal cavity. The turbinates also ensure smooth laminar airflow. When there is turbulent airflow, the brain perceives this as nasal obstruction. The inferior turbinate is the most common turbinate affected by swelling or enlargement and is usually the most common target for surgery. The middle turbinate may less commonly be hypertrophied and reductive surgery on this turbinate may also improve nasal breathing and sinus drainage and aeration. Dr. Arthur Wu only performs inferior turbinate reduction surgery and never performs turbinate resection on the inferior turbinate. Resection of the inferior turbinate may lead to Empty Nose Syndrome, which is the brain’s perception of nasal obstruction due to turbulent air flow despite having a wide open nasal cavity. The turbinates exist for the important reasons of humidification and creating laminar airflow, and Dr. Wu’s techniques always maintain these important roles.
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Patients who have overly aggressive surgery of the turbinates may suffer from atrophic rhinitis. The absence of a normal size turbinate causes turbulent airflow and nasal dryness (atrophic rhinitis), leading to the brain perceiving the nose to be blocked when it is actually too widely open. Laser surgery or cauterization may injure the lining of the turbinates which is critical in the moisturization and natural immunity of the nasal cavity. For this reason, Dr. Wu selectively removes the tissue from within the turbinates using coblation and microdebrider technology, leaving the lining of the turbinate intact.