NASAL Surgery – SEPTOPLASTY
Most people have experienced some form of nasal discomfort generally in the form of common nasal stuffiness due to a cold or allergies. However, for those individuals with a nasal obstruction they often experience difficulty in breathing and have to breathe through their mouth. Sleeping difficulties also occur as the symptoms tend to worsen in a reclining position.
Nasal obstruction can be caused by a number of problems; including, allergies, or narrowing of the nasal passages. Dr. Carl Coppola performs septoplasty (nasal surgery) on patients that have been diagnosed with chronic nasal blockage and other nasal obstructions, such as a deviated septum.
Who is a Good Candidate for Nasal Surgery?
Nasal surgery may be particularly beneficial to patients that have a deviated septum. If the septum, vertical structure that divides the two nasal passages in the nose, is bent or crooked it is referred to as a deviated septum. Depending upon the degree of blockage, an individual’s breathing is disrupted
Dr. Coppola conducts a comprehensive evaluation including detailed review of your symptoms and a medical examination of your nose. An in office procedure called a nasal endoscopy may be performed to precisely diagnose your nasal obstruction. CIf you are also having sinus headaches or sinus infections he may recommend a sinus CT. Dr Coppola will discuss your specific treatment plan with you.
How is Nasal Surgery Performed?
Dr. Coppola corrects nasal obstructions with a surgical procedure called a septoplasty. This procedure is used to straighten the cartilage and bone that is causing the deviation in the septum. Dr. Coppola skillfully reshapes the bone and cartilage or in some cases the bone and cartilage is removed. He often performs turbinate reduction since these intranasal structures are often chronically enlarged and contribute to nasal obstruction. This usually involves the lower turbinates on each side but may require sculpting of the middle turbinates as well
Dr. Coppola performs septoplasty in an outpatient surgical facility under general anesthesia. Typically you are discharged home the same day. If you have certain medical conditions he may perform surgery in the hospital setting and keep you over night for observation. He uses absorbable packing that gently dissolves during the first week. He will suction out any remaining packing one week later in the office. There is no packing that has to be removed or pulled outPatients often ask is their nose will be “broken”” during septoplasty? The answer is no, as the surgery is performed on the inside of the nose. Some patients opt to have a rhinoplasty performed at the same time where the external parts of the nose are reshaped.
Patients often ask if their nose will be “broken” during septoplasty? The answer is no, as the surgery is performed on the inside of the nose. There is no bruising or swelling. Some patients opt to have rhinoplasty performed at the same time where the external parts of the nose are reshaped.
Dr. Coppola indicates that recovery times vary but most patients are back to normal activities (other than very strenuous exercise) within a week. He will be able to give you more information once he has evaluated you.
If you are suffering with nasal obstruction, contact Dr. Coppola so he can determine the most effective treatment to help you breathe better.