Saturday, December 3, 2011

Deviated Septum and Rhinoplasty

The nasal septum is the wall that separates the two sides of the nose composed of cartilage and bone. A deviated septum can occur due to multiple reasons. The septum can be pushed to one side as a newborn passing through the vaginal canal. It can occur during puberty due to normal growth of the nose with the cartilage meeting the bone and pushing over to one side. A deviated septum can also arise from trauma or a blow to the nose.

Septoplasty is a procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum. If the septum is so deviated that the end is significantly deviated causing asymmetric nostrils, a septorhinoplasty may be necessary to correct this deviated septum.

Septoplasty or Septorhinoplasty are outpatient procedures that require 4-10 days of downtime after surgery.

Dr. Funk is a double board certified Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon and Facial Plastic Surgeon. He specializes in rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and all nasal surgery. He sees patients from throughout the Houston area including Katy, Sugarland, Spring Cypress, and the Woodlands, Texas.