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Inferior Turbinate Blades

Inferior Turbinate Blades

The innovative Inferior Turbinate Blade and Straightshot Microdebriders allow precise reduction of hypertrophied inferior turbinates with better long-term results than radiofrequency turbinoplasty.1-4

About the Inferior Turbinate Blades

Inferior turbinate hypertrophy is a common cause of nasal obstruction, contributing to chronic sinusitis and obstructive sleep apnea. The challenge is to achieve adequate reduction of the inferior turbinates while preserving the ciliated epithelium as an important part of respiratory filtering.

To overcome the disadvantages of traditional and radiofrequency techniques, Medtronic offers the innovative Inferior Turbinate Blade in adult and pediatric sizes. Numerous studies show that powered inferior turbinoplasty with our Inferior Turbinate Blade and Straightshot® M4 and M5 Microdebriders offer significantly better long-term results than radiofrequency turbinoplasty.1-4

The Inferior Turbinate Blade features a patented, elevated, rotating tip that allows you to remove tissue more precisely than traditional surgery tools, which helps protect the delicate mucosa. Unlike radiofrequency or electrocautery turbinoplasty methods, powered inferior turbinoplasty with our Inferior Turbinate Blade is a "cold" technique that helps avoid unpredictable collateral thermal damage to surrounding tissue. The volume of reduction is immediately apparent since there is no delay for scar contracture as with other methods.



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.


Berger G, Ophir D, Pitaro K, Landsberg R. Histopathological changes after Coblation® inferior turbinate reduction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2008;134:819-23.


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


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.