Inferior Turbinate Reduction: The inferior turbinates are the structures of the outside walls of the nose that swell with nasal allergies and colds. They are frequently persistently enlarged in patients with perennial nasal allergies and other causes of chronic nasal congestion.
The reduction of the inferior turbinates is most frequently performed along with a septoplasty, but can also be performed by itself under local anesthesia with or without light sedation. Reducing the turbinates involves the ablation or removal of soft tissue from the interior of the turbinate. The central bone of the turbinate is also usually outfractured during the procedure. Postoperative pain and bleeding are usually minimal.