Situated in New York City, Dr. Rizk is highly experienced in correcting a deviated septum. The septum is the soft cartilage area of the nose that separates the left and right nostrils, and is particularly vulnerable to dislocation. Dislocation can occur due to a congenital disorder or as a consequence of physical trauma to the nose. As well as contributing to nasal asymmetry, differences between left and right nasal anatomy can affect breathing and increase susceptibility to infection. Most people with deviated septa are not aware of it until certain nasal issues indicate a problem. Some of these issues include congestion, pain, nasal discharge, and problems with the ability to smell.
Deviated septum repair, known as septoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to straighten the crooked cartilage and improve airflow into the sinuses. In patients where sinus infection is common, this procedure often drastically reduces the frequency of infection. It can also be used to correct problems associated with nosebleeds, snoring, sleep apnea, and may be a necessary procedure for other surgeries that require entrance into the nose. Contact our office in NYC if you suffer from any of these issues, so our doctor can determine if they are caused by abnormalities in the nasal septum.
Septoplasty is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, with the entire procedure typically lasting between one and two hours. The tissue lining of the septum is gently lifted from the underlying structure, allowing our doctor to view the cartilage and bone deformities directly. Using small instruments, he will shift the cartilage into place or remove certain obstructive areas, depending upon which method he feels will result in the best outcome. To hold the septum in its new and proper place, small splints are flanked and stitched to the sides. The incision sites are then sutured together.
After surgery you may experience minor congestion and headaches, and there may be discomfort associated with the temporary splints. Antibiotics are prescribed to prevent infection, and you will be instructed to maintain proper cleansing of the sinuses. Increased mucous discharge is normal and will disappear once the nose has healed. Any related pain can normally be safely alleviated with medication. Take care to sneeze through the mouth to avoid putting pressure on the nose, and avoid any activities that may stress or disturb it. Contact our office if there is excessive bleeding or if you have any other concerns. In a week's time, you will be required to return to have your nose re-examined by our doctor, at which point he will remove the splints, which will relieve much of the discomfort that you may be experiencing.
Our doctor is one of a few board-certified facial plastic surgeons located in NYC. He has developed many techniques that have improved the efficacy of facial surgeries. A specialist in nasal treatments, our doctor will determine whether a deviated septum is the source of your issues and discuss the specifics of the septoplasty procedure with you. If you decide to undergo a septoplasty, he will provide you with additional information about the surgical protocol to ensure you will have a safe and effective operation. A deviated septum is a problem that can be easily fixed and drastically improve your quality of life.
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