Coblation Turbinate Reduction by Dr.
Christopher Chang. Produced by Fauquier ENT Consultants of Warrenton, Virginia. The
turbinate blade is inserted into saline gel before insertion. Here we have the
inferior turbinate visualized and the coblation wand is now inserted into the
superior aspect of the inferior turbinate. This is slowly advanced about
one centimeter before it is activated. Although this may seem painful, most
patients do not complain of any sensation with this procedure. With time, smoke begins to appear with
activation of the coblation want. At this point the coblation wand is slowly
removed. One can already see the turbinate decrease in size. Here
we have the second pass of the coblation want to the middle aspect of the
inferior turbinate. As before, the coblation wand is inserted about one
centimeter prior to activation. As the smoke appears, the coblation wand is again
removed slowly. Already, one can see a dramatic decrease
in the size of the inferior turbinate. A third and final pass of the turbinate
wand is now inserted into the inferior aspect of the inferior turbinate. That’s pretty much it. Overall a 50%
reduction in size leading to vastly improved nasal breathing.