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Radiofrequency Turbinate Ablation (RFTA )

Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy & RFTA

Nasal blockage or congestion may be due to enlargement of the turbinates. The turbinates are located along the sides of the nasal cavity. They are responsible for nose congestion when you are sick, difficulty breathing through your nose while sleeping, or alternating nasal congestion.  They may also contribute to snoring.

The turbinates have a major role in humidifying and warming the air we breathe. They ensure the air is clean and moist before it reaches our lungs. The goal of turbinate surgery is to increase nasal airflow while preserving the normal function.

 

What is RFTA?

Radiofrequency (also known as Coblation) is a surgical device and method which allows shrinkage of tissue under the lowest temperature possible, rather than burning the tissue.  It protects the healthy turbinate tissue while shrinking its overall size, to improve nasal airflow and possibly reduce snoring.  It is performed in the office using local anesthesia with minimal discomfort, and patients return to work the following day.

 

RFTA on “The Doctors”