RF turbinates

Written by: Dr. José Miguel Aparicio Fernández
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Rhinitis is increasing the size of the turbinates caused by an inflammation of the lining that covers. This inflammation causes the allergy, and Spain, between 20 and 25% of the population has chronic rhinitis.


What are the turbinates?

The turbinates are structures that are inside the nostrils. Have a bone scaffolding and covered with a highly vascular mucosa (much blood supply). Their function is to filter, warm and humidify the air we breathe.



One of the diseases that can suffer in the turbinates is rhinitis , inflammation of the mucosa that covers and causing an increase in its size. This inflammation is usually caused by an allergy.

In Spain, between 20 and 25% of people with chronic allergic rhinitis.

Rhinitis becomes a problem when it is chronic.

Parts of the nose

Symptoms of rhinitis

According to experts in otolaryngology , mainly it causes rhinitis symptoms:

  • Nasal obstruction: to be the biggest turbinates take up more space and there is less room for the air to enter the nose. Moreover, inflammation of the nasal mucosa contributes to this.
  • Rhinorrhea: usually clear or whitish mucus in the nose and forces us to sonarnos often use a handkerchief.


Treatment of rhinitis

Treating chronic rhinitis it is based on sprays corticosteroid and antihistamine. Only when this treatment is not effective patient propose a simple surgery; Radiofrequency surgery turbinate.


Technical radiofrequency turbinate

Turbinate radiofrequency is a surgical procedure whose aim is to reduce the size of the inferior turbinates (those most responsible for nasal obstruction). To this terminal it is used whose tip is a needle- is inserted through the nostril. Several punctures are made in each inferior turbinate and energy (RF) is given for the decrease in volume of the same.

It is a technique that takes about 15 minutes we do in the operating room under general anesthesia with LMA. You can undergo this surgery all persons without a high anesthetic risk for diseases.


Postoperative radiofrequency turbinate

After surgery the patient radiofrequency turbinate will discharge one or two hours after. Does not require nasal packing and labor activity can be resumed the next day.

It is not a painful procedure, and for a few days prescribe analgesia with paracetamol.

We recommend nasal washes sea water or saline to clean crusts may appear the first days. Exceptionally, bleeding may occur.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Miguel Aparicio Fernández

Dr. José Miguel Aparicio is Otolaryngology specialist with extensive training and experience in adult pathology.


With over 20 years experience combines his career as Chief of Otolaryngology at University Hospital Alcorcón (public health system), consultation at the University Hospital Foundation Chiron Madrid (Pozuelo) and medical consultation, addressing both private patient and medical societies in the C / General Castaños n.º. 13, Madrid.


His constant scientific training and participation in conferences and courses, allows you to keep abreast of all developments in the ENT.


Subject teacher of Otolaryngology at the European University (U. Private) and the University Rey Juan Carlos (U. Public)



*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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