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Nasal Surgery

IMPROVING FORM AND FUNCTION OF THE NOSE

Every year thousands of people undergo surgery of the nose. Nasal surgery may be performed for to improve breathing through the nose or for cosmetic purposes, or a combination procedure. It also may alleviate or cure nasal breathing problems, correct deformities from birth or injury, or support an aging, drooping nose.

WHEN SHOULD SURGERY BE CONSIDERED TO CORRECT A CHRONICALLY STUFFY NOSE?

One of the most common complaints to an ENT practice is nasal stuffiness.  Nasal blockage may be related to swelling caused by allergies or viruses, structural abnormalities inside the nose, or a combination of factors.

There are numerous causes of nasal obstruction. A deviated septum (the partition between the nostrils and nasal cavities) can be crooked as the result of abnormal growth or injury. This can partially or completely block one or both nasal passages, and can be treated with a surgical procedure called a septoplasty.

Overgrowth of the turbinates is another cause of stuffiness. The turbinates are the tissues that line the outer walls of the nasal passages. A procedure to make them smaller and expand the nasal passages is called a turbinate reduction. Allergies, too, can cause internal nasal swelling, and allergy evaluation, medications, and therapy may be necessary.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER NASAL SURGERY?

Internal splints or soft packing may be placed in the nostrils to hold the septum in its new position. Patients usually experience some swelling and continued obstruction for a week or two. However, once the packing is removed, most people enjoy a considerable improvement in breathing.

WHAT TREATMENT IS NEEDED FOR A BROKEN NOSE?

Bruises around the eyes and/or a crooked nose following injury usually indicate a fractured nose. Waiting 48-72 hours for a doctor’s appointment may actually help the doctor in evaluating your injury as the swelling begins to recede and the shape of the nasal bones can be more easily evaluated. (Apply ice while waiting to see the doctor.) What’s most important is whether the nasal bones have been displaced, rather than just fractured or broken.


If the nasal bones are significantly deformed, surgeons often attempt to return the nasal bones to a straighter position. This is usually performed 7 to 10 days after the injury, so that the bones don’t heal in a displaced position. Displacement due to injury often results in compromised breathing so corrective nasal surgery, typically what is called a septorhinoplasty, may then be elected to correct both the form of the nasal bones and the fuction of the nose.