Treatment for Nasal Airway Obstruction
Nasal airway obstruction can be uncomfortable and annoying. Blocked nasal passages force you to breathe through your mouth, making simple everyday activities such as eating, speaking, and sleeping more difficult. Sometimes the cause of nasal airway of obstruction is enlarged turbinates. Turbinates are small, bony structures located in the nasal passages that are covered with mucus membranes.
Nasal turbinates facilitate the conduction, filtration, heating, and humidification of the the air we breathe. Allergies or environmental irritants(such as smoke or household chemicals) are the most common cause of irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of turbinates, resulting in blocked nasal passages. Additional causes of turbinate enlargement include anatomical causes (such as those that occur during pregnancy). Turbinate size can also fluctuate throughout the day, especially dependent on head position (i.e. standing up versus lying down).
Traditionally, treatment was limited to allergen/irritant avoidance and/or use of nasal medication which may be sufficient to treat some cases of turbinate enlargement. In some cases, however, turnbinate enlargement may be unresponsive to medical management.
Coblation© is an advanced technology designed to quickly and gently remove and shrink soft tissue inside the turbinates using high frequency energy and saline to alleviate nasal obstruction in patients. Coblation does not rely on a heat-driven process to remove target tissue and is designed to preserve surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure can be performed on an out-patient basis. In such cases, patients typically return home shortly after the procedure.