Ablation of Septal Swell Bodies
Epic-S Diode Laser 940 nm
400 um, 100 mm fiber tip
Authored by Physician
Yosef Krespi, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Hofstra School of Medicine, New York
Nasal obstruction with or without rhinorrhea. Possible symptoms include itchy nose, sneezing, dry mouth and runny nose. Nasal obstruction may aggravate underlying conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea and snoring.
Septal swelling (soft tissue) at middle meatus level, deviation and/or septal spur obstructing the nasal airway. Gentle endoscopic palpation confirms the site and degree of Swell Body enlargement. Hypertrophy of the inferior turbinates may also be present.
Initially medical management can address the swell bodies and hypertrophied turbinate. Medical treatment includes nasal steroid sprays or anti-histamines. When medical management fails or patient is unwilling to continue, surgical solution is attempted.
Anesthesia is achieved with a topical application of a mixture of lidocaine 2% and neosynephrine, followed by injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100,000.