Turbinoplasty, or conchoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the nasal conchae (conchae nasales). The procedure is performed on patients with enlarged nasal turbinates, which can lead to obstructed nasal breathing and other problems.
Turbinoplasty is used for chronic nasal congestion, recurrent sinus infections, or obstructive sleep apnea when enlarged nasal turbinates play a role. It may also be recommended to improve the effectiveness of medications such as nasal sprays for allergic rhinitis.
Turbinoplasty involves reducing the size of the nasal turbinates to improve airflow through the nose. Various techniques are used, such as carefully removing tissue or repositioning the nasal turbinates. The exact method depends on the patient’s situation.
Successful turbinoplasty can significantly improve nasal breathing and reduce associated symptoms such as headaches, snoring and sleep disorders. It can enhance the effectiveness of medications in patients with allergic rhinitis.
Careful preoperative assessment and diagnosis are critical to ensure that turbinoplasty is appropriate. The procedure is often combined with other nasal procedures, such as septoplasty, to achieve the best possible respiratory result.