Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction of turbinate hypertrophy (IPG36)
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The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee has considered this procedure and NICE has now issued a consultation document about its safety and efficacy. This has been issued for 4 weeks’ public consultation (until 5pm on 24th March2014)
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In the inside of each nostril there are bony projections called turbinates. Turbinates increase the surface area of the inside of the nose, improving its air-filtering functions. There are three turbinates (inferior, middle, and superior) on each side of the nose. Swelling of the inferior turbinates (turbinate hypertrophy) can lead to blockage of nasal breathing (turbinate dysfunction).
Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy is an outpatient procedure in which a submuscosal scar is created by the use of a needle electrode inserted into soft tissue.
The procedure involves the injection of a local anaesthetic. A needle electrode is then placed into the anterior inferior turbinate where the radiofrequency energy is delivered by a power generator. There is a variation in the energy levels and temperatures used.
E04.2 Excision of turbinate of nose NEC
Includes: Reduction of turbinate of nose NEC
Y11.4 Radiofrequency controlled thermal destruction of organ NOC
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- IPG036 Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy: guidance (web format)
- IPG036 Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy - guidance
- IPG036 Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy - information for people considering the procedure, and for the public
- IPG036 Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy, distribution list
- radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy: consultation document
- radiofrequency tissue reduction for turbinate hypertrophy: overview
- Consent - procedures for which the benefits and risks are uncertain
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This page was last updated: 24 February 2014
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