Turbinate Surgery (Conchoplasty)


On the side walls of the nasal cavity there are three types of nasal turbinates: superior, middle and inferior. Their disorders may lead to nasal obstruction, recurrent rhinitis, sinus infections and disorders of the sense of smell. Additionally, the turbinates affect the adjacent organs and may cause the inflammation of the auditory tubes, throat and larynx. They may also cause snoring.


  • significantly improved breathing,
  • better sense of smell,
  • reduction or elimination of recurrent rhinitis and nasal infections.

Indications and contraindications:

  • recurrent upper respiratory tract infections,
  • difficulty breathing through the nose,
  • chronic rhinitis,
  • unilateral or bilateral loss of sense of smell,
  • snoring and sleep apnea,
  • long term disorders of the patency of the Eustachian tube.
  • taking blood thinning medications,
  • active respiratory tract infection,
  • bad general condition,
  • conditions when anaesthesia cannot be applied,
  • allergy to anaesthetics.

Treatment options:

Coblation technique:

  • In this approach the size of the turbinate is reduced using a bipolar electrode,
    and the swollen tissue is dissolved using high radiofrequency.
  • The procedure may also be performed under local anaesthesia.

Laser correction:

  • In this procedure laser light is applied to create small scars causes small scarring
    within the overgrown turbinate tissue and make soft turbinate structures more rigid.


The decision on your surgery is taken during a pre-operative visit when a doctor assesses your eligibility, selects the optimum procedure and orders necessary tests. The decision is made on the basis of test results and your general condition. Then a convenient date is selected

Before the procedure:

  • Two weeks before the procedure you should have the following blood tests done: full blood count, INR, APTT and blood type with immune antibodies.
  • If you have other medical conditions, please consult your attending doctors and bring a certificate that there are no contraindications to the surgical procedure.
  • If you are on anticoagulant treatment, you should switch to subcutaneous injections for 7 days before the procedure and 10 days after the procedure.
  • Consult with the operating doctor whether to take any medications on the day of the procedure.
  • You should not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the procedure.


  • The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia.
  • During the procedure radiofrequency emitting electrodes are inserted into the turbinate and the waves cause coagulation of overgrown parts of the turbinate.
  • The procedure lasts from 20 to 30 minutes and does not require a hospital stay.

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