Functional Septorhinoplasty & Septoplasty

What is a septoplasty?

The septum is an anatomic structure in the nose; it divides the nose into left and right nasal cavities. Septoplasty and septorhinoplasty Dr Stephanie Joe Chicago IllinoisWhen it is crooked, it is referred to as deviated and can interfere with nasal breathing. This causes a person to complain of nasal obstruction or congestion or the inability to breath through one side of their nose. A septoplasty is a procedure that removes the deviated portion of the septum to improve nasal airway breathing.

What is involved in a functional septorhinoplasty?

A functional septorhinoplasty addresses the structure of the nasal skeleton to improve nasal breathing. Problems with nasal breathing may be due to anatomic obstruction of the nasal passages. A deviated septum is an example of this. In addition to the septum, the nasal skeleton is made up of nasal bones, upper lateral cartilages, and lower lateral cartilages. If any of these portions of the nasal skeleton are crooked or broken, they may cause obstruction of the nasal passages and lead to complaints of nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing through the nose. A functional septorhinoplasty addresses the structure of the nasal skeleton to improve nasal breathing.

 

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