Septoplasty and Turbinate Surgery
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum — a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. During septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the middle of your nose. This may require Dr. Walker to cut and remove parts of your nasal septum before reinserting them in the proper position. Septoplasty is the surgical procedure used to treat nasal obstruction.
Nasal obstruction may result from allergies, congenital malformations, trauma – broken nose, nasal polyps,and enlarged turbinates. Another common cause of nasal obstruction is narrow nasal passages.
The nasal septum divides your nose in two, and the turbinates are inside the nose on either side of the septum. A space exists between the turbinates and the nasal septum to allow the passage of air, if the septum is crooked or the turbinates enlarged the nasal passage is obstructed and airflow decreased.
Turbinates are reduced by a procedure called turbinectomy, and there are a number of ways turbinates may be made smaller. A septoplasty, turbinectomy and rhinoplasty may all be performed at the same time. Dr. Walker is both an Otolaryngologist and Plastic Surgeon and highly skilled at improving the appearance of your nose as well as correcting your breathing problems. During your consultation she will discuss with you the best way to approach your specific problem.
SEPTOPLASTY and TURBINECTOMY FAQ
Q: How Can I find out what is causing my nose blockage?
A: The best way to diagnose nasal blockage is to undergo a nasal examination. Dr. Walker performs this simple examination on your initial consultation, and may further document the obstruction by obtaining x rays or CT Scans.
Q: What treatments are available for nasal obstruction?
A: The treatment depends on the cause of the obstruction. If the obstruction is secondary to allergies Dr. Walker may prescribe medication such steroid nasal sprays and over the counter decongestants to decrease nasal mucosa and turbinate swelling.If the obstruction is due to a “crooked” septum or enlarged turbinates she would perform a surgical procedure such as a septoplasty or turbinectomy.
Q: Will my nose be broken during a septoplasty?
A: The procedure is performed on the inside of the nose and the bone and cartilage will be removed. Your nose will not be broken unless you are having a rhinoplasty performed at the same time.