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Inferior Turbinate Blades

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Journal Articles Related to the Inferior Turbinate Blade and Powered Inferior Turbinoplasty


Detail  Powered inferior turbinoplasty with Medtronic’s Inferior Turbinate Blade offers better long-term results than radiofrequency turbinoplasty.1

Liu C-M, Tan C-D, Lee F-P, Lin K-N, Huang H-M. Microdebrider-assisted versus radiofrequency-assisted inferior turbinoplasty. Laryngoscope 2009;119:414-8.

In the first three-year study directly comparing long-term efficacy of the two turbinoplasty techniques, patients treated with Medtronic's Straightshot® Microdebrider and Inferior Turbinate Blade experienced significantly better long-term outcomes than those who received treatment with Coblation® radiofrequency.1 The study found that, compared with preoperative findings, subjective and objective measurements in the microdebrider group had improved significantly at all postoperative assessment times. In the Coblation group, significant improvements were observed at 6 months and 1 year, but not at 2 and 3 years.

Additionally, Atef et al2 studied 102 patients with chronic hypertrophic rhinitis, hypertrophied inferior turbinates, and nasal obstruction who underwent Coblation treatment. The results showed that 91% of patients didn’t have complete relief of their nasal obstruction after one Coblation session, and 63% of patients failed to achieve relief after a second Coblation treatment was performed.2

Other studies also show more effective long-term results with powered inferior turbinoplasty compared to radiofrequency turbinoplasty.3-4 Additional research has been done related to the Inferior Turbinate Blades and/or various methods of inferior turbinate reduction.5-8  



Liu C-M, Tan C-D, Lee F-P, Lin K-N, Huang H-M. Microdebrider-assisted versus radiofrequency-assisted inferior turbinoplasty. Laryngoscope 2009;119:414-8.


Atef A, Mosleh M, El Bosraty H, El Fatah GA, Fathi A. Bipolar radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction of inferior turbinate: Does the number of treatment sessions influence the final outcome? Am J Rhinol 2006; 20: 25-31.


Berger G, Ophir D, Pitaro K, Landsberg R. Histopathological changes after Coblation® inferior turbinate reduction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2008;134(8):819-823.


Lee JY, Lee JD. Comparative study on the long-term effectiveness between Coblation- and microdebrider-assisted partial turbinoplasty. Laryngoscope 2006;116:729-34.


Huang TW, Cheng P-W. Changes in nasal resistance and quality of life after endoscopic microdebrider-assisted inferior turbinoplasty in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006; 132: 990-993.


Sacks R, Thornton MA, Boustred RN. Modified endoscopic turbinoplasty – long-term results compared to submucosal electrocautery and submucosal powered turbinoplasty. Presented at: American Rhinologic Society Spring Meeting; May 13–16, 2005; Boca Raton, FL.


Hadar T, Ophir D, Yaniv E, Berger G. Inferior turbinate arterial supply: histologic analysis and clinical implications. J Otolaryngol 2005; 34:46-50.


Yañez C, Mora N. Inferior turbinate debriding technique: Ten-year results. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2008; 138:170-175.