Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Will Insurance pay for Rhinoplasty?

Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients will ask if insurance will pay for their rhinoplasty. This will depend on any functional issues the patient may have and what is found on physical exam. If you have breathing issues or recurrent sinus infection and are found to have a deviated septum, turbinate enlargement, valve collapse or a CT scan demonstrates sinus issues, these are functional issues that can be billed towards your insurance. However, the cosmetic portion of your surgery such as straightening the nose, taking down a hump, narrowing the nose, refining the tip, or bringing in the nostrils is not covered by insurance.

Whether to utilize your insurance will depend on your benefits such as your deductible and out of pocket. Most rhinoplasty surgery will include septoplasty in order to obtain cartilage for grafting purposes. Therefore, if you are not planning on using your insurance yet have a deviated septum, this will still be fixed at the time of your rhinoplasty.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anesthesia with Rhinoplasty

Many patients want to know what type of anesthesia is used with rhinoplasty or nose job surgery. The majority the time a general anesthesia with a breathing tube is used for rhinoplasty. This is done to assure the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure and to protect the airway. During rhinoplasty, the nose will bleed and this blood could enter the airway if it is unprotected leading to aspiration and possible pneumonia. By performing nose surgery under general anesthesia with a breathing tube, not only is the patient more comfortable, but the airway is protected and there is less risk for aspiration.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.