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Turbinectomy

Turbinectomy is a surgical technique that is used to help alleviate chronic nasal congestion; correct a deviated septum; minimize snoring; or make it easier for you to fall into a deep sleep if you have sleep apnea. A multidisciplinary team of sleep medicine specialists and otolaryngologists at Jefferson can decide if the procedure is appropriate for you.

What Does Turbinectomy Involve?

During a turbinectomy, your nasal airway is opened and either a portion of the turbinate (a bone in the nose) is removed or the size is reduced to improve your breathing. It may be performed in conjunction with other types of surgery such as septoplasty.

This type of nasal surgery is just one component of the comprehensive treatment we offer for sleep apnea and is usually not recommended until less invasive measures have been explored first.