by Jaiganesh Manickavasagam Manickavasagam

Jaypee’s Video Atlas of Operative Otorhinolaryngology AND Head & Neck Surgery

by Vicky S Khattar, Bachi T Hathiram
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This video demonstrates the technique of inferior turbinoplasty. The posterior end of the inferior turbinate is initially trimmed with a tissue shaver. Following this, the mucosal flap is elevated from the anterior part of the inferior turbinate, the conchal bone removed, and the flap reposited. The remnant of the turbinate is then lateralized to widen the nasal air space. This procedure has numerous advantages. Firstly, the removal is essentially in the submucosal plane, especially anteriorly, which ensures a faster healing. Also, the anterior part of the inferior turbinate offers the maximum contribution to the total nasal airway resistance, thus helping in resolving the symptoms. More importantly, it does away with the erstwhile cauterization procedures for inferior turbinate reduction and their associated complications and consequences.

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