Submucous Resection of The Inferior Turbinates (SMRIT’s)
Submucous resection of the inferior turbinates (SMRIT) is a procedure to treat the symptoms of nasal obstruction (stuffy nose), as a result of chronic turbinate hypertrophy. The procedure typically involves the use of a suction debrider (a 2 mm diameter suction tube with a spinning blade inside) that gently removes stroma (blood-filled spaces) while preserving the normal mucosal lining of the nose, though other techniques may be used at the surgeon’s discretion.
Performed through a small incision, this process does not typically require stitches or “cutting” and may be thought of like “mini-liposuction” to make the nasal structures thinner. Results of the procedure can vary, but they are typically excellent and lasting. SMRIT may cause temporary nasal stuffiness, crusting, bloody drainage, and mild pain for a few days. These symptoms generally resolve within one week. Non-narcotic, over-the-counter analgesic medication is generally sufficient for controlling any pain that may result from this procedure if no other procedures are performed at the same time.