Nasal obstruction is a common complaint for many of our Cherry Hill, New Jersey patients. Nasal obstruction can be caused by a number of factors. One of the most common causes is a deviated septum. The septum is the wall in the middle of the nose between the nostrils which separates the nasal passages and is composed of cartilage and bone. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage or bone is not straight.
Deviation can many times occur at birth or after an injury to the nose. A crooked septum can lead to nasal obstruction and breathing difficulties as well as alter the cosmetic appearance of the nose, causing it to appear twisted.
Common Complaints/Conditions Associated With a Deviated Septum
- Nasal Obstruction
- Sleep Apnea
- Crooked Nose
Septoplasty involves straightening the nasal septum to relieve nasal obstruction or correct a crooked nose. Once the septum is straightened the patient will experience normal airflow through the nose. Septoplasty involves NO visible incisions on the outside of the nose. All incisions are made inside the nose and are completely hidden. NO nasal packing is used in the septoplasty procedure.
Dr. Anthony Corrado Discusses Rhinoplasty
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Septoplasty Procedure Facts
Surgical Goals: To surgically correct and straighten the crooked nasal septum to relieve nasal obstruction or straighten a crooked nose.
The Procedure: Hidden incisions are made inside the nose. NO external incisions are made. The crooked septal cartilage and bone are straightened and positioned back to a normal midline position. The incisions are then closed with stitches which dissolve on their own. Dr. Corrado DOES NOT place packing in the nose. He uses nasal splints inside the nose that have air channels allowing the patient to be able to breath after surgery.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia.
Length of Time: ½- 1 hour.
After the Procedure: All patients are sent home the night after surgery, and are given a set of post procedure instructions to follow. The patient will follow up the next day for a post procedure check, and again on the 5th post procedure day.
Recovery: Most patients can return to work in 3-5 days. Patients are asked to refrain from physical exertion for a period of two weeks.