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By Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS
October 03, 2017
Category: Nose

What is Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction?

 

    New developments in medical technology have made it possible to comfortably open your nasal airway under local anesthesia in your ENT’s office. Really. This approach saves time, money, and keeps you on your feet. It is even covered by insurance.

 

    The procedure goes like this. When you are comfortably seated in the exam chair, local anesthetic is sprayed into your nose. When that has kicked in the same topical medication is soaked onto cotton and placed in there for a while to further numb your nose. Finally, more local anesthetic is injected into the turbinates directly.

 

After you are completely numbed, a slim probe is introduced into the nose using a small endoscope.

Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction Austin, TX

 

It is applied at 5 or 6 spots along the turbinate and radiofrequency energy is transmitted through the lining (mucosa) into the swollen tissues that cause your obstruction. That injury shrinks the turbinate so, when you are healed up, there is more space for breathing.

 

    After the procedure, you walk to your car and drive home. Simple, effective, and quick.

 

 

Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX. Dr. Brown treats sinusitis, nasal congestion, nasal fractures, dizziness/vertigo, ear infections, tonsilitis, sleep apnea and insomnia for both adults and pediatrics. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.

 
By Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS
September 26, 2017
Category: Nose

Nasal Congestion – Why Do I Have It?

 

    Congestion is a real problem. Not being able to breathe through your nose is very disruptive to everything you do. During the day mouth-breathing is uncomfortable; it dries out your mouth and everyone keeps asking “do you have a cold?” Not good. At night snoring is worse (your partner will confirm that for you), your sleep is disrupted, and that dreaded dry mouth is back.

 

    Why does this happen? Could be a number of things. Allergies are common culprits. That inflammation causes swelling of the turbinates (found on the inner sides of the nose) that fills up the air space. Sometimes those turbinates just get stuck in that larger state and no matter what is in the air, you can’t breathe. The septum can block your breathing as well. It can be bent, folded, crooked, pointed, and if your nose has been broken it may be crumpled. Obviously if it is deviated you can’t move air past it.

 

    So, what to do? Well, there really are three options:

 

Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX. Dr. Brown treats sinusitis, nasal congestion, nasal fractures, dizziness/vertigo, ear infections, tonsilitis, sleep apnea and insomnia. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.