If the turbinates located on the lowest section of the nose swell up too large, they can cause nasal obstruction, restricting airflow. This is referred to as Turbinate Hypertrophy.
An outfracture involves breaking the small bones of the turbinates and pushing them away from the nasal passageway. This operation allows more room for the turbinates to swell without causing a nasal blockage.
The procedure can either be performed under general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with a sedative. It takes about 1 to 2 hours and post-operative pain can be treated with pain medication.
After proper healing, a submucosal resection can lead to narrower turbinates and increased airflow.