If your breathing is affected by a deviated septum, then septoplasty surgery could open up your airways and allow you to breathe freely. Kaete Archer, MD FACS, of the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery in New York, is an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgery and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. For the answers to your breathing difficulties, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Dr. Archer performs septoplasty surgery to open up the nostrils when a deviated septum blocks the air passages in the nose. The nasal septum is a section of bone and cartilage that separates your nose into two nostrils. If the nasal septum is displaced or misaligned the result is a deviated septum, which can sometimes severely block the nose and affect breathing.
Some misalignment of the septum is not unusual, but in most cases, the deviation doesn’t cause any severe problems. In some instances, however, the deviation is severe enough that it affects breathing, and can restrict breathing to a dangerous degree.
If your breathing is causing you difficulties, it’s important to get to the root cause as soon as possible by visiting Dr. Archer, who has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ENT conditions.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Archer examines your medical history and assesses your current health, discussing your symptoms with you and finding out as much relevant information as she can about you and your lifestyle.
Dr. Archer then carries out a physical examination of the inside and outside of your nose, and arranges for any further testing that’s needed. Once the test results are back, Dr. Archer talks to you about your condition and whether you have a deviated septum. She discusses the treatment she recommends, what’s involved in septoplasty, and if you’re a suitable candidate for the surgery.
Septoplasty takes place under either a local or general anesthetic, depending on which is best for the patient concerned. Dr. Archer makes incisions inside your nose to allow her to trim and reposition the cartilage and bone that form the nasal septum.
Crooked nasal bones that are causing deviation may need cutting and repositioning. Dr. Archer may also need to use spreader grafts; cartilage reinforcing strips used when the deviation is in the bridge of your nose.
Once the septum is correctly aligned, Dr. Archer closes the incisions with degradable sutures. You may need silicone splints in your nostrils to support the newly aligned septum.
Septoplasty offers a practical solution to the distress of having breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum. The team at the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery also works closely with your insurance provider to optimize your options and takes care of all the backend work, so you don’t need to worry about anything. Call the office today or book an appointment online.