Septoplasty
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Septoplasty NYC

Deviated Septum Repair

Opting for septoplasty in NYC can surgically correct a deviated septum and improve nasal airflow. The septum is a piece of cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils. The septum is meant to divide your nostrils evenly and symmetrically. However, an accident or injury can cause damage which leads to a septal deviation. If the septum becomes crooked or misaligned, this can interfere with the flow of air through the nose and cause partial blockages. Dr. Edward Shin offers septoplasty in NYC to help patients improve their breathing and overall quality of life. Deviated septum repair can surgically correct the septal obstruction by removing or reshaping the cartilage and bone at the deviated area. Septoplasty can address deviations in one or both nostrils to help you breathe fuller and better.

SEPTOPLASTY OVERVIEW
CORRECTS SEPTAL DEVIATIONS CAUSED BY TRAUMA, INJURY, OR GENETICS
REMOVES SEPTAL OBSTRUCTIONS THAT BLOCK AIRFLOW THROUGH THE NOSE
IMPROVES BREATHING & CAN RELIEVE CONGESTION, NASAL DISCHARGE, & DRYNESS
CAN TREAT PARTIAL DEVIATIONS & FULL BLOCKAGES OF ONE OR BOTH NOSTRILS
CAN REMOVE CARTILAGE OR BONE OR RESHAPE THE AREA THAT IS CAUSING THE DEVIATION
OFTEN COMBINED WITH OTHER SINUS SURGERY TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING TURBINATE REDUCTION
DESIGNED TO ACHIEVE LONG-LASTING RESULTS; REQUIRES FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS TO MONITOR HEALING
SOME PATIENTS REPORT IMPROVEMENTS IN SNORING & BETTER SLEEP FOLLOWING SEPTOPLASTY
SEPTOPLASTY PATIENTS CAN USUALLY RESUME MANY DAILY ACTIVITIES WITHIN A FEW WEEKS
Septoplasty In NYC

What Can Septoplasty Treat?

Septoplasty is designed to correct nasal blockage caused by a deviated septum. Septoplasty surgery can improve airflow, relieve congestion, reduce nasal dryness, and may improve snoring.

What Causes A Deviated Septum?

There are many possible causes of a deviated septum. Septal deviations may be genetic. In other cases, complications during childbirth can cause a deviated septum. Most commonly, septal deviations occur as a result of an injury to the nose. For example, a nose fracture can misalign the septum. Automobile accidents and contact sports are some of the most common causes of septal deviations.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Deviated Septum?

A mild septal deviation may not cause any noticeable symptoms. More severe cases can cause restricted airflow through one of the nostrils or both nostrils. Some patients may suffer a complete blockage in one nostril. A deviated septum can also block the sinus pathways from properly draining, which can cause sinus infections, nasal discharge, and congestion. Additionally, a deviated septum may exacerbate post-nasal drip. You may also experience loud snoring as a result of a septal deviation.

SYMPTOMS OF SEPTAL DEVIATION
RESTRICTED AIRFLOW THROUGH NOSTRILS
COMPLETE BLOCKAGE OF NOSTRILS OR SINUS PATHWAYS
REOCCURRING SINUS INFECTIONS
DISCOLORED NASAL DISCHARGE DUE TO BLOCKED SINUSES
NASAL CONGESTION DUE TO SINUS OBSTRUCTION
SINUS HEADACHES DUE TO SINUS INFECTION
NOSEBLEEDS
LOUD SNORING
POST-NASAL DRIP

How Is Septoplasty Performed?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure usually requiring general anesthesia. Our NYC septoplasty surgeon may also use a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort immediately following your procedure. All septoplasty incisions are made within the nose. First, the mucoperichondrial flaps inside the nose are raised on each side of the septum. The area of the septum that has become deviated is repositioned back to its normal midline position if possible. In some cases, the area where the deviation has occurred is reshaped or removed. The mucoperichondrial flaps are then lowered back into place and sutured. Our septoplasty surgeon does not typically use septal splints because of the discomfort they can cause.

Is Septoplasty Combined With Other Forms Of Sinus Surgery?

Septoplasty can be combined with turbinate reduction (or turbinoplasty) to achieve comprehensive results. The turbinates are structures located inside the nose that humidify and filter the air we breathe. These turbinates can become enlarged due to infections or allergies. As a result, an enlarged turbinate can block airflow. Septoplasty and turbinoplasty can be performed together to remove blockages and improve breathing. Learn more about turbinate reduction by clicking here.

Can Deviated Septum Repair Reduce Allergies, Colds, Or Sinus Infections?

Septoplasty is designed to improve airflow and may help patients breathe better during a cold or infection. However, septoplasty is not designed to limit colds, chronic sinus infections, or allergies. Our septoplasty surgeon can discuss alternative treatment options for these conditions in more detail. Learn more about our allergy treatments by clicking here.

What Can I Expect Following Septoplasty In NYC?

Mild nasal congestion is expected for 1-3 weeks following deviated septum repair. Because all incisions are made within the nose, patients should not experience any bruising or swelling following their septoplasty. A nasal drip pad may be required for the initial days of recovery. This drip pad is designed to collect any light bleeding that may occur in order to optimize healing. Patients may need to change the drip pad frequently for the first 1-2 days of their septoplasty recovery. Septoplasty patients will be prescribed medication to alleviate discomfort following their treatment. Temporary numbness of the teeth may occur; this should resolve over time.

Patients should try to avoid blowing the nose as much as possible; however, it is permitted to lightly blow your nose if necessary to relieve pressure. You should avoid bending or lifting anything greater than 10-15 pounds for at least a week. Vigorous exercise should be avoided until permitted by our septoplasty surgeon. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled in subsequent weeks to monitor your healing and recovery. Dr. Shin can discuss specific timelines and post-care instructions with you during your septoplasty consultation at our NYC office.

Septoplasty can achieve long-lasting results for patients. Correcting a septal deviation can improve airflow through the nostrils and alleviate the accompanying symptoms of your nasal blockage, such as congestion, reoccurring sinus infections, and post-nasal drip.

Can Septoplasty Improve Snoring And Sleep Quality?

Some patients report that their snoring and quality of sleep have improved after undergoing septoplasty. This is not the ultimate goal of septoplasty, however. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or chronic snoring, then you may benefit from alternative treatments. Learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatments by clicking here.

How Do I Learn More About Septoplasty in NYC?

Our septoplasty surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss septoplasty in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985