San Francisco Septoplasty
While many people like the way their nose looks, sometimes they have difficulty breathing through it. This can not only be frustrating, but it may hinder your lifestyle choices by making it difficult to perform certain activities. Breathing difficulties are commonly the result of a deviation in the septal cartilage deep in the nose or from large turbinates which are ridges inside the nose that help warm the air as it passes through your nasal passages. When either the septum or turbinates are abnormal, the airway passage is narrowed which constricts air flow.
Dr. David Sieber has advanced training in nasal surgery and commonly includes a septoplasty/turbinectomy as part of his rhinoplasty for those patients who have difficulty breathing through their noses.
Septoplasty and/or turbinectomy surgery can improve:*
- Blocked nasal passage
- Nose breathing
- Length: 1-2 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
- Side effects: swelling, bruising, stuffy nose
- Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Septoplasty or turbinectomy surgery is performed as a same day surgery. If it is being performed as a part of a primary or revision rhinoplasty, then Dr. Sieber will use the same incision as the one for the rhinoplasty portion of your surgery. If it is being done independently, then Dr. Sieber will make an incision on the inside of the nose through which the excess cartilage will be removed. The turbinates can also be reduced from inside of the nose.
Preparing for Septoplasty/Turbinectomy Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Septoplasty/Turbinectomy Surgery
After surgery, you will will plastic splints inside of your nose which will be removed at your first post op appointment along with any sutures that were used to close your skin. You can expect some swelling for the first 1-2 weeks following surgery. This may cause you to experience some difficulty breathing out of your nose, but as the swelling goes down, your breathing should gradually improve.*
Q: How long after surgery before I notice an improvement in my breathing?
A: Within 1-2 weeks, you should notice a significant improvement in your breathing. You will notice an improvement immediately after surgery, but due to post-operative swelling, it takes a little bit of time to fully benefit from your surgery.*
Q: Is septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery covered by insurance?
A: If we can document that you do, in fact, have abnormal anatomy which is causing an airway obstruction then this procedure may be covered by your insurance company. However, any portion of the procedure which is not for improvement in airway obstruction is considered cosmetic and will not be covered by insurance.
Q: Will having septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery change the appearance of my nose?
A: Septoplasty/turbinectomy surgery affects those structures deep in the nose which impact airflow and breathing. Having your airway improved should not have any impact on the overall appearance of your nose.*
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.