What is Hypertrophic Turbinates?
Turbinate hypertrophy is a condition that blocks normal breathing. Our nasal turbinates are the housekeepers of our noses that filter, warm, and humidify the air we breathe. This is why it naturally feels better to breathe the warm air through our nose when compared with the cooler air we inhale when we try to breathe through our mouth. The best ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Monica Tadros, specializes in sinusitis treatment for her NYC and Bergen County patients.
Hypertrophic Turbinates In-Depth
by Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S.
What are Hypertrophic Nasal Turbinates, and How Are They Treated?
The moist pink lining of the nose structures contains millions of cilia working on sweeping debris from the air that enters our nose. But sometimes, these delicate organs are irritated by dust, smoke, fumes, or allergens and over-worked, leading to a condition called hypertrophy (or overgrowth of the tissues). As the tissues overgrow, patients begin to suffer from congestion, and over time permanent nasal obstruction, snoring, or sinus infections may result.
Dr. Monica Tadros is a board-certified ENT doctor in NYC & NJ who offers a broad range of hypertrophic nasal turbinates treatments for patients suffering from ear, nose, or throat issues. She provides expert custom care to each individual based on their medical needs.
Many patients are first treated with nasal sprays and allergy medications to control or reverse the condition. Still, when this fails, alternative minimally invasive surgical methods are available to treat the overgrown tissue while preserving the critical mucous membrane lining.
In more straightforward cases, a Coblation radiofrequency procedure can shrink the tissue in the office. In more advanced cases, an endoscopic Microdebrider procedure can be performed in approximately thirty minutes under general anesthesia to remove the overgrown tissue and bone below the mucous lining, dramatically opening up the breathing space.
Nasal Turbinate Reduction
Turbinate reduction surgery may benefit patients who have had no relief from failed medical treatments such as nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, or other allergy treatments. Chronic nasal obstruction is caused by hypertrophy or swelling of the inferior nasal turbinates. Chronic nasal obstruction can affect your sleep patterns, resulting in chronic snoring and sleep apnea. It can also impair healthy breathing practices and force patients to breathe through the mouth.
Surgeon Dr. Monica Tadros is a highly educated and trained ENT in correcting issues with turbinate reduction surgery. Turbinate reduction surgery is often performed in conjunction with nasal septal surgery.
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