Septoplasty in Beverly Hills
Do you experience difficulty breathing or have chronic sinusitis? If so, it could be due to a deviated septum. Physicians recommend septoplasty to correct a structural defect in the nose called a deviated septum.
What Is a Deviated Septum?
Deviated nasal septum (DNS) is a common structural disorder that involves septum displacement. Many people have minor septum deviation without experiencing any symptoms or even realizing they have a structural defect. But for some, the deviation is severe enough to impair breathing.
The septum is the structure in the nose that separates the nose into two nostrils. Made of bones and cartilage, the septum is located centrally, making the two nostrils symmetrical.
In some people, the septum deviates or shifts to either the right or the left, obstructing the passage of air through that nostril. The deviated septum also impairs the normal drainage of sinuses.
The typical symptoms of septum deviation include snoring, difficulty breathing, headaches, chronic sinusitis, bloody nose, and sleep apnea.
The condition can occur at birth or may be the result of nasal trauma. Some genetic diseases such as homocystinuria or Marfan syndrome can also lead to a deviated septum.
What Is Closed Septoplasty?
Closed septoplasty is a procedure that corrects a deviated septum. It improves breathing by removing the obstruction to air flow.
This procedure is usually conducted under general anesthesia. In some cases, local anesthesia with IV sedation may instead be used. Dr. Kanodia will recommend the ideal option for you based on your overall health condition and the goals of the surgery.
The procedure could take between half an hour to an hour or more, depending on the extent of repair and other factors.
In the closed approach (endonasal septoplasty), Dr. Kanodia makes small incisions in the nostrils. No incisions are made on the outside of the nose. After the incisions are made, Dr. Kanodia carefully removes the membrane covering the septum. The mucosal lining at the opposite side is also lifted to reveal the septum.
The deviated cartilage and/or bone is then straightened. Dr. Kanodia closes the incisions with sutures after repositioning the mucosal lining on the corrected septum.
The Recovery Process
Packing or splints are usually placed in the nose to help support it after surgery. The sutures in the nose typically dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed.
Usually, you can go home after the surgery in order to rest and recover. Swelling and bruising are minimal with the closed septoplasty approach as compared to the open method. These subside within a few weeks.
Dr. Kanodia may recommend nasal irrigation with a saline solution to clear the nasal passages during recovery and to help you heal faster.
The Results of Closed Septoplasty
With closed septoplasty, the internal suture sites heal quickly. Most patients notice a dramatic improvement with breathing after their surgery. Within a few months, the nasal cartilage and other tissues heal completely.
Those who struggled with symptoms such as sinusitis, headaches, and snoring before the procedure notice they do not have to deal with these on an ongoing basis afterwards.
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