A septoplasty is surgery performed to correct a deviated septum. Dr. Philip J. Miller performs septoplasty surgery in New York. He has more than 15 years of experience as a rhinoplasty surgeon and specializes in the structure and function of the nose.
The septum is the bone and cartilage structure that separates the two nasal cavities. When it is deviated, or crooked, part of it obstructs a nasal passage, blocking the air flow through the nostril. Individuals with deviated septums may snore or suffer from sleep apnea and they may have chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis can occur because secretions in the nose cannot drain properly through the obstructed nasal passage.
Rarely are people born with a perfectly straight septum. It should be straight and vertical down the middle of the nose, but as with many body features, many people are born with a deviated septum. Often, it causes no adverse affects. A deviated septum that does not cause any problems for the patient may be called a physiological deviation. A pathological septal deviation is one that causes breathing problems and associated respiratory complaints. This type of deviated septum should be corrected with septoplasty surgery, which can be performed in New York.
A septoplasty can be performed independently of rhinoplasty surgery. The realignment of the septum can be done inside the nose, often without the need for any external incisions. During the septoplasty procedure, the mucosa lining of the septum is carefully separated from the septum. The septum is repositioned and then the mucosa lining is replaced. Great care is taken to maintain the integrity and function of the nasal structures.
A deviated septum often is not apparent on the exterior of the nose. The only indication may be breathing problems or recurring sinusitis. An otalaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) can examine the nose to determine if a deviated septum is the cause of the patient’s respiratory problems. If so, a septoplasty can often resolve the patient’s complaint. Dr. Miller specialized in General Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery during his residency and continues to be a leading septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeon in New York.
A deviated septum can also be caused by injury or trauma to the nose. In this case, there may be external signs of trauma that a septoplasty alone will not fix. Septoplasty can be performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty to improve the function and appearance of the nose.
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