Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What is Turbinate Coblation?

My office manager asked me about the turbinate coblation procedure. I had never heard of it before. But as my mother-in-law reminds me that means nothing. She's right. Here's what my research found.
The first device approved by the FDA was designed by
ArthroCare in 2000 for a quick, outpatient procedure for turbinate reduction was in 2000. Somnus Medical Technologies has a device for the procedure named radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction (RFVTR). Simply, high frequency radio waves are used to burn and remove the swollen mucosal tissue in the nose. Aetna insurance considers this procedure experimental and without sufficient comparative studies to warrant insurance payment at this time. Before I can recommend it, I also need more comparative studies, with larger numbers, much longer followup and safety measures. This may turn be terrific, but like so many new techniques, we need more information before we rush in and endorse it.

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