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Functional Nose Surgery


Septoplasty / Turbinate surgery

If you have difficulty breathing through your nose, you may have a deviated septum (the divider between the two sides).  A septoplasty is a surgery, in the larger category of functional nose surgery, to straighten the septum and enlarge the nasal airway so you can breath normally.

What you might not also know is that your difficulty breathing can be caused by enlarged turbinates.  Turbinates are structures inside the nose that heat and humidify air.  They can become enlarged due to allergies or irritants and obstruct the nose. This is often the case so I combine the two procedures.

For both procedures, there are no external incisions and bruising and swelling are minimal.  Of course I can also enhance the appearance of your nose while you undergo the surgery.  A “Septorhinoplasty” combines functional and cosmetic surgery to improve breathing, as well as the appearance of the nose.


Septal Perforation Repair

A septal perforation is a hole in the septum – the cartilage and mucosa that divides the two sides of the nose. If you have a stuffy nose, whistle when you breathe, experience frequent nosebleeds, crusting or a runny nose, your septum might have a hole in it. Often these symptoms are severe and interfere with the patient’s daily life.

The list of causes is extensive. The most common include previous septal surgery (septoplasty), trauma to the nose, infection or chemicals inhaled in the nose.

Septal perforation repair is a complicated procedure, which is why a limited number of surgeons perform it. I was trained by Dr. Russell W.H.Kridel who is world renowned for his success with septal perforations so I have spent years learning his techniques.

To fix the hole, I will reconstruct the three layers of septum and move the mucosa from above and below the perforation to close the hole with absorbable sutures. Then I place a matrix between the two sides to facilitate healing of the hole. The surgery is technically challenging and may take several hours, but a successful repair can greatly improve your breathing and quality of life.


Sinus surgery

If you experience headaches, facial pain, nasal obstruction and recurrent sinusitis your sinuses might be obstructed. I can open them and remove polyps to improve drainage as a separate procedure or with septoplasty, rhinoplasty or turbinate surgery. Postoperative pain is mild and controlled with pain medications.