Deviated Septum Solutions & Treatment Options

IN RIVERSIDE, CA

Posted by Dr. Hardesty



AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION BECAUSE OF A DEVIATED SEPTUM, LARGE TURBINATES OR NASAL POLYPS: SOLUTIONS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

WHAT CAN CAUSE DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING?

There are several common causes of nasal obstruction:

  • Allergies
  • Deviated septum (the portion separating the left and right nasal passages). This can be congenital (born with it) or acquired (injury or traumatic)
  • Large turbinates which are a set of 3 paired out pouches that function to humidify the air we breath). These can be congenitally large, become large to compensate for a deviated septum or because of chronic allergies.
  • Nasal polyps are usually non cancerous growths that grow and by their size obstruct the airway.
  • Combination of the above

WHAT WILL SURGERY HELP?

Deviated Septum: If the septum is crooked and is causing airway obstruction a septoplasty can be performed to improve the nasal passage(s) opening and thus airflow resulting in better airflow.

Hypertrophic (large) Turbinates: If the turbinates are large and causing decreased air flow they can be surgical reduced while still slowing them to function.

Nasal Polyps: If there polyps that are obstructing air flow through the nasal passages likewise they can be removed.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR INTERNAL NASAL SURGERY?

Anyone has airway obstruction, is a moderately good health and desires and improvement.

HOW IS A SEPTOPLASTY, TURBINATE REDUCTION OR POLYPECTOMY PERFORMED?

Septoplasty

A septoplasty is performed using only internal nasal incisions on the nasal mucosa (the lining tissue of the septum) gently and precisely lifting the nasal mucosal off of the septum and either removing the obstructing portion of the septum or straightening the septum.

Turbinate reduction

Turbinate reduction is usually performed by:

  • Making an incision over the mucosal of the turbinates removing the underlying protruding and obstructing turbinate bone.
  • Reducing the turbinate by amputating it at his base -or using a technique of “out fractioning” the turbinate bone which collapses the turbinate bone and then shrinking the mucosal with a electrocautery.

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are removed using only internal incisions and the polyps are usually removed at their base using electric cautery or a snare with electrocautery.

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

Deviated Septum Results

Once the deviated septum and is repaired and healed the septoplasty should last a lifetime unless additional trauma occurs.

Turbinate Reduction Results

Turbinate reduction is a permanent surgery. It is only very rare cases that either the turbinate boney grows back or there can be hypertrophy of the turbinates nasal mucosa. This is unusual and may be needto be addressed if it again causes nasal airway obstruction.

Nasal Polyps Results

Nasal polyps usually do not grow back. However, once you’ve developed a nasa polyp, you may grow new polyps which may cause additional symptoms of obstruction. Thus you may need to have these additional polyps removed.

HOW LONG DOES RECOVERY TAKE?

Septoplasty Recovery

The usual septal recovery is 7 to 10 days. The reason is that often internal splints (Doyle splints) are placed and sutured to prevent movement. Occasionally and rarely nasal packing is used. Often the patient returns to work in 2 to 3 days depending on how they feel. The splints are removed usually at around the 10th day.

Turbinate and Polypectomy Recovery

Turbinate and polypectomy recovery is usually straight forward and those with non physical or non strenuous work the recovery is only a few days.

ALTERNATIVES TO SEPTOPLASTY, TURBINATE REDUCTION OR POLYPECTOMY ?

Unfortunately when there is a mechanical obstruction there are very few non-surgical options. Most patients have tried using antihistamines, nasal mucosal shrinkage sprays such as Afrin nasal decongestants. However, patients can develop resistance to such medications. when the symptoms are not relieved patients often then consult a Plastic Surgeon for remedies.

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WHAT WILL SEPTOPLASTY, TURBINATE REDUCTION OR POLYPECTOMY NOT HELP?

If the septum is not crooked, the turbinates are not enlarged or the polyps do not cause airway obstruction then these types of surgery will not help in improving breathing.

Allergies are the most common common cause of non mechanical airway obstruction. If the airway obstruction is caused by environmental allergies or other substances it can often be treated medically by a allergist specialist

CAN I COMBINE WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?

Yes. The most common surgery that is performed simultaneously with air way obstruction surgery is a cosmetic rhinoplasty which improves the cosmetic appearance of the nose. Most other Plastic Surgery can be performed in the same setting.

RISKS/COMPLICATIONS

Besides the generally very low risks of any surgical procedure such as bleeding, infection and anesthesia there is an additional uncommon risk of a hole developing in the septum. This hole can be asymptomatic and needs no further treatment. If a whistle noise occurs or a fowl smell this perforation will need to be repaired or placement of a non surgical button.

COST/FEES

The fees of deviated septum surgery are based on the anesthesia used (local vs sedation or general anesthesia), the facility (minor surgical suite, outpatient operating room or hospital setting) and if combined with other procedures. All pre and post operative care is included. Some preoperative laboratory analysis may be required (usually covered by your medical insurance).

SUMMARY

The most important factor to consider is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in California who are experts in airway obstruction caused by a deviated septum, large obstructing turbinates or space occupying turbinates.

The Imagine Plastic Surgery team uniquely provides the full array surgical techniques and can refer allergy specialists as alternative when non mechanical airway obstruction is found, thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options”. For more information, call and schedule a consultation.

One Goal, Many Options

The most important factor to consider for your procedure or treatment is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who are experts in techniques. The Imagine Plastic Surgery team uniquely provides the full array of both non surgical and surgical alternatives thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options.” For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly been serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty and the Staff of Imagine Plastic Surgery have provided comprehensive Cosmetic Plastic Surgery services and procedures to Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands.

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