I use radiofrequency for all of my patients who need to be treated for hypertrophy of the turbinates, said Dr. Krempl.
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The question is then, do they need to be done in the operating room or not? If all they need is their turbinates addressed, then it can be done as an office procedure. If their airway problems include a deviation in the septum or something else, that would require a trip to the operating room. Most patients have something else wrong, so it is a smaller subset that can be done in the office.
The advantage of the technique, though, is that it can keep patients who only need to be treated for hypertrophy of the turbinates out of the operating room.
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