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.
A submucosal resection of the turbinates involves removing or shaving down the bones from the turbinate’s lower portion. Any excess tissue surrounding the area will also be removed during this process.
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.