Chronic nasal obstruction or a stuffy nose, is often caused by enlargement (hypertrophy) of the inferior turbinate. Congested nasal obstruction can impair normal breathing, forcing patients to breathe through the mouth and often affects their daily activities.
Enlarged turbinates and nasal obstruction can also contribute to headaches and sleep disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, as the nasal airway is the normal breathing route during sleep.
Dr. Gould performs a simple in-office procedure at the St. Louis Sinus Center to resolve enlarged (hypertrophic) turbinates. Dr. Gould uses a small wand with a suction device to remove the excess tissue inside the inferior turbinate. The procedure takes only a few minutes, is virtually painless and results in a dramatic improvement in nasal airflow. It is occasionally performed by itself, but is often combined with other procedures such as Balloon Sinus Dilation. This is generally an excellent long-term, durable solution, allowing patients to get back to enjoying life!