Turbinate surgery/turbinectomy. Radiofrequencies

The turbinates are structures situated on the lateral walls of the nasal cavity. They are responsible for the heating and humidification of air inhaled through the nose.

Occasionally they are oversized and result in deviations in the nasal septum or other kinds of chronic rhinitis. Sometimes there is indication for a turbinectomy by endoscopic surgery which can be either cold or assisted by radio frequency.

It is a procedure rarely done in isolation because the effectiveness in reducing the size of the turbinates is limited if not accompanied by treatment of other nasal areas. It is often necessary to undergo a full septoplasty.