Turbinate coblation, also known as ablation, is an effective treatment used to reduce the size of one or more of the small curved bones in the nose called turbinates. When one of these bones becomes enlarged, it may clog the nasal passages, resulting in several troublesome symptoms, including snoring, nasal congestion, facial pressure, sleep apnea and recurrent or chronic sinusitis.
Turbinate coblation is a painless, effective method of reducing the size of the affected turbinate and unclogging the nasal passages. While there are other ways to perform turbinate reduction, turbinate coblation is minimally invasive and is performed very quickly with almost no resulting downtime for the patient. There are two types of turbinate coblation, each named for the variety of energy used to vaporize the excess bone tissue: laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation.
Turbinate Coblation Procedure
During a turbinate coblation, a local anesthetic is applied to the nose to minimize any discomfort and a probe is inserted into the nasal cavity. Depending on which type of energy is to be emitted, either a laser light or a source of radioenergy will be attached to the probe. Radiofrequency or laser energy will focused directly on the affected turbinate and will be used to shrink the over-sized bone. Once the excess tissue has been worn away, nasal obstruction is relieved, nasal drainage is promoted, and the patient's normal breathing is restored.