The nose is divided internally into two sides by our nasal septum. The septum consists of both cartilage and bone.
When the septum is crooked or deviated it can lead to breathing problems on one or both sides of our nose.
This can be genetic or the result of a previous surgery or nasal trauma. Surgical removal of the crooked portions and straightening of the septum is necessary to improve breathing. In addition, creating a straight septum can often correct a crooked appearing nose.
Unlike the days of old, no packing is required within the nose itself.
The procedure is performed with general anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable. The procedure generally lasts 45 minutes or less.
Your Personal Consultation
During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Boss to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
Maintaining a Relationship with Dr. Boss
You will return to Dr. Boss' office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Please remember that the relationship with Dr. Boss does not end when you leave the operating room.
If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact him.
How SEPTOPLASTY is Performed?
The incision is placed inside the nose and is completely hidden. The crooked and deviated portions of the septum are removed. These can often be straightened and placed back into their natural position should the patient ever require cartilage grafts in the future for a rhinoplasty. The incision is then closed.
Your Surgical Experience
The goal of Dr. Boss and his entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
When can I resume my normal activities?
The patient can expect to return to work within a few days. There is generally minimal swelling around the nose for a couple of days. Nose blowing is to be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery. All sutures dissolve on their own.
Fortunately, significant complications from otoplasty are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people have their EAR PINBACK, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.