Understanding Your Turbinate

 

Dr. Greg Levitin, at New York Sinusitis Treatment, performs turbinate reduction surgeries. He is happy to provide you with a thorough examination to see if this type of procedure is right for you. He offers an extensive assessment of your condition, which will determine any potential environmental contributors before recommending appropriate treatment. However, you may be wondering what a turbinate is?

What Is A Turbinate

Nasal turbinates are also called concha or conchae (plural). They are shell-shaped networks of bones, vessels, and tissues within your nasal passageway. Their primary responsibilities include warming, humidifying and filtering the air you breath.

4 Types Of Turbinates

  1. Superior (Upper) Turbinate
  2. Middle Turbinate
  3. Inferior (Lower) Turbinate
  4. Fourth turbinates are rare. They are called superior turbinate.

Turbinate Hypertrophy

Turbinate hypertrophy refers to an increase in the size of your turbinates. There are many possible reasons why this increase might occur.

  1. Nasal Allergies
  2. Deviated Septum
  3. Vasomotor Rhinitis
  4. Chemical Irritants

Turbinate Reduction Surgery

If you suffer from turbinate hypertrophy, you may require turbinate reduction surgery. This surgery is a group of procedures that are designed to treat your condition. However, it is essential to obtain a proper diagnosis of your condition to determine if this procedure is right for you. Dr. Levitin may also determine that this procedure should be coupled with additional procedures such as rhinoplasty or septoplasty.

If you are suffering from turbinate hypertrophy, call Dr. Levitin at New York Sinusitis Treatment. During your consultation, you can share your concerns and goals so his team can help you prepare for the appropriate treatment.