Coblation Turbinate Reduction for Snoring


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Many find that their snoring habit comes and goes with the seasons, or due to allergies and infections that they have blocking their nasal passageways. This congestion then forces them to open their mouths during the night, or breath heavily through their nose, which causes greater turbulence and in turn the likelihood of snoring is increased. If you chronically suffer from allergies, and have a snoring habit because of it turbinate reduction could be an answer to both of your problems.

Coblation Turbinate Reduction relieves the congestion in the nose caused by inflamed or enlarged turbinates found in the nose. It is considered revolutionary by the ENT doctors and surgeons that employ it and is carried out in a short one-off session last 20 minutes, under local anaesthetic. Using radio-frequency technology, in the same way that a somnoplasty procedure will be conducted, the surgeon removes tissue inside the nasal passageway to reduce obstruction. The surgeon starts by anaesthetising the turbinate and inserting a needle, through which the radio frequency is conducted, moving slowly along, and scarring the tissue in that area as it does so. This will scar the turbinates and cause the membranes shrink over time, reducing the chance of it becoming inflamed and causing stuffiness.

It is not a good idea to be constantly filling your nose with anti-allergy sprays or taking medication, because though providing temporary relieve they can also cause side-effects like dry mouth and headaches. Though directly after coblation turbinate reduction the patient might not feel a result, the turbinates will continue to shrink over time and reduce the chance of a reaction, and blockage caused by allergies, which in turn can stop a snoring habit. When combined with regular Radio-frequency surgery turbinate reduction can cost around £500 depending upon the clinic which you attend.

Side-Effects of Coblation Turbinate Reduction

The side-effects of coblation turbinate reduction are limited, and the procedure is relatively painless.

Benefits of Coblation Turbinate Reduction

Coblation turbinate reduction surgery can take as little as 10 minutes to complete under local anaesthetic, and is a continued cure for stuffy noses, becoming more noticeable after the comprehensive recovery of the turbinates. During Coblation turbinate reduction radio-frequency energy is generated, but unlike Somnoplasty is not a heat driven process meaning that minimal damage is done to the surrounding tissues inside the nose. Patients can return to normal activities, on the whole, immediately and will recover soon afterwards.


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