Inside each side of the nose, there are three ridges made of bone called the turbinates. Their function is to clean the air as it moves through the nostrils and into your lungs.
The lowest turbinate, called the inferior turbinate, can become swollen due to untreated allergies and other causes. When this occurs, it causes blockage in the nasal cavities, leading to:
- Mouth breathing
- Sinus headaches
- Sinus infections
- Chronic stuffy nose
With Dr. Aminpour, a turbinate reduction surgery begins with a thorough consultation and examination at our private Los Angeles facility. He will ask about your symptoms and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you like. He wants to ensure you completely understand your condition as well as the procedure that will treat it.
Turbinate reduction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. This can depend on many physical factors, but may also simply depend on your personal preference. This will be thoroughly discussed with Dr. Aminpour beforehand.
Dr. Aminpour begins the procedure by inserting an endoscope into the nasal cavity to visualize the inferior turbinate. Once this is done, he makes an incision using specialized tools. Through the incision, he removes underlying bone at the base of the inferior turbinate, which reduces its size while still allowing it to purify air. During the surgery, Dr. Aminpour may also reduce the thickness of the soft tissue surrounding the turbinate.
Turbinate reduction surgery by Los Angeles ENT Dr. Aminpour is usually performed in 1-2 hours. In most cases, it is an outpatient procedure and patients can go home the same day. Dr. Aminpour will provide you with very specific instructions for proper recovery care. If you have any questions, you are always free to call our office.
Dr. Aminpour is a board-certified ENT with a long history of successful turbinate reduction procedures. With each new patient, he strives to deliver the best turbinate reduction surgery Los Angeles has available. If you are suffering from the symptoms of a swollen inferior turbinate, please call our office today.