Turbinate reduction surgery, also known as turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty, is a procedure that aims to reduce the size of the turbinates in the nasal passages to improve airflow and alleviate nasal obstruction. The time it takes to complete the procedure depends on the surgical technique used and the specific needs of the patient.
There are several methods for turbinate reduction:
1. **Radiofrequency ablation (RFA):** This method uses radiofrequency energy to heat and shrink the tissue. The procedure usually takes about 15 minutes and can be done under local anesthesia in an office setting.
2. **Microdebrider-assisted turbinoplasty:** This uses a rotating blade to shave down the turbinate tissue. The procedure typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes and may be done in an outpatient setting.
3. **Cauterization:** This involves burning the turbinate tissue to reduce its size. The procedure can take about 15 minutes and is often done under local anesthesia.
4. **Partial or total turbinectomy:** In this method, a portion or the entire turbinate is removed. This is a more invasive technique that may be done in a hospital setting and can take longer, often around 30 minutes to an hour.
5. **Coblation:** This technique uses low-temperature radiofrequency energy to dissolve the tissue. The duration is similar to the RFA technique.
It's important to note that the actual time in the surgical facility or hospital may be longer due to pre-operative preparations and post-operative recovery.
Patients should discuss with their otolaryngologist or ENT surgeon about the specifics of their procedure, expected duration, and recovery time. It's also essential to understand the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives before undergoing the surgery.