Middle Turbinate Resection
- Diseased turbinate is source of polyps or post-operative adhesions
- Enlarged turbinate prevents adequate surgical access to middle meatus
- Turbinate scissor are aimed in a downward direction so that when a cut is made along the turbinate attachment it is made parallel to the skull base.
- Posterior third of turbinate is left in place in order to decrease the incidence of postoperative epistaxis.
Keep in mind/Things to Remember:
- Evidence-based medicine supports the judicious resection of the middle turbinate when it is necessary during sinus surgery.