ANDREEA RUSESCU, CATALINA PIETROSANU, IRINA IONITA, CRISTIAN DRAGOS STEFANESCU, ANCA MIHAELA PANTEA STOIAN, ADRIAN CAMEN, VIOREL ZAINEA, RAZVAN HAINAROSIE CHEMICAL ABLATION OF THE SUBMUCOSAL TISSUE IN VOLUMETRIC REDUCTION OF INFERIOR TURBINATE Throughout the years, minimally invasive methods have gained ground when considering the surgical field. Most of all, these techniques are used in tissue ablation as they associate less operative and postoperative bleeding, high rate of recovery, as well as minimal scaring. One of these minimally invasive methods refers to the use of chemical ablation or coblation when regarding tissues ablation, thus using a chemical reaction based technique despite the regular use of mechanical or thermal interactions in order to achieve tissue ablation. Widely used in the area of ENT surgery, coblation could easily be defined as an extremely effective technique in dealing with the submucosal tissue in volumetric reduction of inferior turbinate. Different length and angulation probes ensure the applicability of this technique to better correlate with any anatomical variants and local features of the targeted structures to be ablated. Although the duration of surgery by using this method is slightly higher than with the use of other inferior tubinate volumetric reduction techniques such as radiofrequency or use of the shaver, the low degree of postoperative discomfort and the good local hemostasis provided by this technique are markers that support its elective use if it is available for the surgeon.