What is a Deviated Septum Surgery(Septoplasty)?
A deviated septum can lead to breathing difficulties as well as negatively alter the shape of the nose. A septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Monica Tadros for her patients in NYC & NJ, is aimed to correct for a deviated septum.
For many individuals, surgery to correct for both functional abnormalities and nasal shape is best indicated. The nasal septum is the most critical part of the support structure that holds up our nose.
The septum is comprised of cartilage and bone that divides the right and left nostrils in the front and extends all the way back to the sinuses to form our foundation. All of the other cartilages and bones that form our tip, nasal bridge and nasal shape attach to this key structure. Dr. Monica Tadros specializes in deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) for her patients in NYC & NJ and Bergen County.
Deviated septum surgery doctor, Dr. Tadros accepts most POS and PPO insurances for any medical issues related to the nose as an out of network provider. Please contact us today or call NYC: (212) 532-4590 or NJ: (201) 408-5430.
Deviated Septum In Depth
by Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S.
What is a Deviated Septum & How Is a Deviated Septum is Treated?
A deviated septum simply implies that the septal cartilage component, septal bone component, or both are crooked. When this occurs, the nasal airway is narrowed and can be one reason why breathing is impacted.
The origin of a deviated septum ultimately centers on any insult that may have caused the septal cartilage or bone to grow off course. This health condition may be due to a congenitally inherited predisposition, uterine development, trauma during childbirth. It can also be due to early nasal trauma that leads to a shift off the bony growth plate.
A deviated septum simply implies that the septal cartilage component, septal bone component or both are crooked.
Many times fractures of the septum are overlooked after nasal trauma in children and teens if a CT scan or endoscopic evaluation is not performed because the septum is a deep structure that cannot be well visualized externally. Over time the shape of the deviated septum may worsen the nasal airway and sinuses for many NJ individuals. It can consequently lead to chronic mouth breathing and affect nasal development.
Treatment options for fixing your deviated septum
Septoplasty is a nasal operation typically done through the patient’s nostrils without any external incisions. It is aimed to improve breathing and correct a deviated septum. A basic septoplasty, also known as septal reconstruction, corrects the deviated portions of cartilage and bone and realigns these structures in the anatomic midline with no external change in the shape of the nose. When indicated, a deviated septum procedure performed in Dr. Tadros’ office in Englewood, NJ, may be combined with Turbinate Reduction and/or Balloon Sinuplasty or Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. This can be done to fully restore the sinus-nasal airway. If the nose is also very crooked externally, a nasal fracture may have been overlooked and a “Septo-Rhinoplasty” may be indicated to fully correct the condition.
Preparing For a Septoplasty
Your plastic surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications two weeks before surgery. These medications may include aspirin (Bufferin), ibuprofen (Advil), and other blood thinners. This is done to reduce your risk of excessive bleeding during and after the procedure. Be sure to tell your ENT specialist if you’re allergic to certain medications or if you have a history of bleeding problems.
Your ENT specialist will also ask you to stop smoking two weeks before your septoplasty. Your plastic surgeon explains the whole procedure before surgery and answers any questions you may have. You should understand all the risks and benefits before your surgery date.
In some cases, people have a septoplasty under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to prevent pain. However, most people have surgery under general anesthesia, which means they’re asleep during the procedure. Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure if you’re going to be under general anesthesia.
Bring a family member or friend who can drive you home after the septoplasty. General anesthesia may make you drowsy after the procedure. You shouldn’t drive until the effects have fully worn off. Your doctor might take pictures of your nose before the septoplasty surgery. Comparing photos from before and after the procedure can help you see how your nose has changed.
Septoplasty And Rhinoplasty
If you are very concerned about the way your nose looks, then both rhinoplasty and septoplasty New Jersey treatment can help you. Adding on a rhinoplasty procedure can help reshape your nose, which at times can actually further help your ability to breathe easily. Some NJ patients have also noted that their snoring can be curbed by this combination, but results always vary.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from septoplasty surgery?
Generally, septoplasty recovery time varies between one to two months depending on the complexity of the procedure. However, you should be able to return to work and resume your regular activities in about 3 weeks after surgery. Due to the fact that the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, you will be able to go home on the same day as surgery. Your nose will be packed with cotton to control bleeding. You can remove the packing a day or two after surgery.
What are the risks of deviated septum surgery?
Septoplasty complications and risks are extremely rare but still possible. These include:
- Altered shape of the nose
- Discoloration of the nose
- Decreased sense of smell
You should keep in mind that any type of surgical intervention carries a risk of excessive bleeding and infection and septoplasty surgery is not an exclusion. Although, based on experience and historical data, the risks are very rare.
How much does septoplasty cost?
The cost of the procedure highly depends on the individual condition of a patient, the complexity of the procedure, geographic location, and experience of the plastic surgeon. The cost can range from $6,000 to $25,000. According to numerous studies, the average cost accounts for $10.200.
Additionally, you can expect to get reimbursement for septoplasty treatment if the procedure was performed for medical purposes. If you decide to undergo deviated septum surgery along with rhinoplasty, your insurance provider will probably decline to cover the cosmetic surgery portion.
ABOUT DR. MONICA TADROS
The best doctor for deviated septum surgery Dr. Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S., is known as the leading ENT Doctor in the New Jersey area.
She offers her patients compassionate care and cutting-edge research in the field of nasal and deviated septum surgery.
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the prestigious Columbia University in 2006, where she taught many generations of residents and medical students, the art and science of Form and Function.
Dr. Tadros treats a wide range of problems of the nose for her patients in Bergen County and Englewood, NJ area.
The best way to find the right plastic surgeon in NYC & NJ for your deviated septum is to go out and ask for a consultation with them. A good surgeon will be able to tell you what to expect, how the procedure is done, and also offer up documentation that stands as a testament to their skill. The sooner you call, the sooner you can get your septum fixed properly.
To schedule your no-obligation deviated septum surgery consultation in NYC & NJ with Dr. Monica Tadros, please use the contact form to request additional information or call NYC: (212) 532-4590 or NJ: (201) 408-5430 to speak to one of our Patient Advisors. Our offices are conveniently located near 300 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631 and 911 Park Ave., New York, NY 10075.