Septorhinoplasty at a glance:
Surgery time: 45 – 75 minutes
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Setting: Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center
Recovery: 5 – 7 days
Nasal obstruction is a very common problem that can result in snoring, mouth breathing and limited ability to exercise. There are many reasons why your nasal breathing could be limited. Septorhinoplasty can improve the function of the nasal airway, improve a person’s breathing and quality of life. A thorough examination by an expert septorhinoplasty surgeon can reveal the causes of nasal obstruction.
Common causes of nasal obstruction include:
- Deviated nasal septum
- Enlarged (hypertrophic) nasal turbinates
- Collapsing nasal valve area
- Scarring inside the nose
- Nasal septal perforation
- Nasal fracture or crooked nose
- Nasal allergies
- Nasal polyps
Regardless of the cause of nasal obstruction septorhinoplasty can, in most cases, improve your nasal breathing. Nasal surgery is the focus of Dr. Weber’s practice and has allowed him to perform over 500 rhinoplasty procedures. In most cases, medical insurance considers surgery to improve your nasal breathing as a “covered benefit”. During septorhinoplasty surgery, any desired cosmetic changes can also be created but involve an additional out of pocket cost. This type of “hybrid” septorhinoplasty procedure is aimed at not only correcting problems with the nasal airway but also creating a pleasing nasal size, shape and symmetry.
Incisions are most often “hidden” inside the nostrils. However, on occasion, an incision across the base of the nose is required. These incisions are very difficult to see once they’ve healed. Delicate sutures are used to close all of these incisions and do not require removal. Most patients will require either delicate tapes or a nasal splint to minimize swelling of the nose following surgery. These will be removed during the first week following surgery. Dr. Weber does not use any nasal packing or uncomfortable material inside the nose during your recovery.