For some patients, the everyday act of breathing can be a difficult task. The septum of the nose, which acts as a wall between the nostrils, can sometimes become deviated, either through genetics or an accident. The nasal tissue, also known as turbinate, can also sometimes become enlarged. Both of these occurrences can inhibit airflow through the nose, causing breathing to become uncomfortable.
What is Nasal Airway Reconstruction?
Nasal airway reconstruction includes a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, and a turbinectomy to remove excess enlarged nasal tissues. This procedure can provide many benefits including the clearing of the nasal airway passages, improvements in symptoms like nasal discharge and sneezing, and an improvement in reoccurring sinusitis or hay fever.
How is Nasal Airway Reconstruction Done?
Nasal airway reconstruction commonly takes about an hour to complete and is done under general anesthetic. During surgery, the septum will be repositioned to the correct placement, and excess bone and soft tissue will be removed. This will clear any debris that may have blocked the nasal airway, making it easier for patients breathe.
Nasal Airway Reconstruction Recovery
Following surgery, cotton packing will commonly be placed in the nose to control bleeding and ensure optimal healing. Saline spray may be recommended to prevent the nose from developing crusts. Most patients are able to return to their everyday tasks after one week, though hard chewing and strenuous activities may need to be postponed. An improvement in breathing is often noticeable six weeks after the procedure.
Patients who are having difficulty breathing through their nose can often benefit from nasal airway reconstruction. If you are located in the Denver or Lone Tree areas and believe you may be a good candidate, contact Associates of Otolaryngology to schedule your consultation with one of our ENT specialists.