> Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery > Inferior Turbinoplasty, Procedure
This article is no longer up to date.

This is the free portion of the full article. The full article is available to licensed users only.
How do I get access?

Inferior Turbinoplasty, Procedure


Inferior turbinate reduction; Turbinate cauterization; Turbinate outfracture; Turbinate submucous resection


Turbinoplasty encompasses a variety of surgical techniques for reducing the nasal turbinates – usually targeted at the inferior turbinates.


The purpose of these procedures is to volumetrically reduce the inferior turbinates to restore nasal patency in patients with inferior turbinate hypertrophy. The various techniques utilize distinct technologies that optimize turbinate position and reduce the size of the turbinate.


Nasal turbinates are shelves of nasal tissue projecting into the nasal airway comprised of bone, erectile capacitance tissue, a submucosal glandular lamina propria, and respiratory epithelium. The inferior turbinate is the largest turbinate in humans and can become swollen and cause obstruction in response to aeroallergens, environmental irritants, and neuropsychiatric triggers. Middle