In each side of the nose, there are three pairs of small, thin, shell-like bones known as the inferior, middle, and superior turbinates. The job of the turbinates is to clean and humidify the air as it moves through the nose and into your lungs. However, the most common reason for nasal congestion or obstruction is mucosal hypertrophy, or an enlargement, of the inferior turbinate. With turbinate reduction surgery with the widely respected medical staff of ENT & Allergy Associates of Los Angeles, the problem of nasal obstruction should be corrected while any potential complications are reduced to an absolute minimum.
In the procedure, the size of the turbinate is reduced, decreasing airway resistance while preserving the natural function of the turbinates. After a turbinate reduction is performed, a patient should experience improved nasal breathing and may reduce nasal drainage and post-nasal drip. Since turbinate reduction is performed entirely through the nostrils with minimal invasiveness, healing is usually relatively fast. The procedure is, therefore, usually performed on an outpatient basis.
While many ear, nose and throat issues can be handled through nonsurgical treatments, when procedures like turbinate reduction are needed, you’ll need a skilled ear nose and throat doctor in Los Angeles on your team, like Shervin Aminpour, M.D., and Marc Cohen, M.D. F.A.C.S. This ENT doctor team is among the most experienced and skilled practitioners you’ll find anywhere. If you believe you may be suffering from turbinate hypertrophy, contact Drs. Aminpour and Cohen at today to schedule an appointment. We can be reached by phone or online via our contact page.