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.