A septoplasty is a special surgical procedure designed to correct a deviated septum.
As a leading ENT specialist, Dr. Kimberly Lee uses the most advanced cartilage-sparing techniques to resolve this abnormality, allowing her to repair the deviated septum and preserve your cartilage in case you decide to undergo a rhinoplasty at a later date.
What is a deviated septum?
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between the nostrils is displaced to one side, making one of the nasal passages smaller and creating chronic breathing difficulties. This can occur due to congenital factors, or as a result of an injury to the nose.
The symptoms of a deviated septum may be extremely uncomfortable and can greatly interfere with your overall quality of life. The most common symptoms of this structural abnormality include:
- Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils.
- Frequent nosebleeds.
- Facial pain.
- An excessive awareness of obstructions inside the nose.
- Needing to sleep on a certain side for breathing purposes.
- Post nasal drip.
- Snoring and loud breathing.
An Overview of Septoplasty
To perform among the best septoplasty Los Angeles & Beverly Hills has to offer, Dr. Lee will begin by administering either local anesthesia or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. During your initial consultation, she will provide you with the risks and benefits of each option, and help you select the one that is in your best interest.
From there, Dr. Lee will make a precise incision inside the nostril, before lifting the tissue that covers the septum. Through that opening, Dr. Lee will shift the deviated septum so it’s positioned normally, as well as remove any pieces of bone or cartilage that may be contributing to your condition. As she specializes in cartilage sparing techniques, Dr. Lee will remove the smallest amount of cartilage possible to achieve an optimal outcome and preserve your ability to undergo a cosmetic rhinoplasty in the future. Once your deviated septum has been corrected, she will place stitches to maintain its new position and insert bandages inside your nose to prevent post-operative bleeding and ensure a smooth healing process.
Once you’ve healed from surgery, you can expect to enjoy a vast improvement in the symptoms associated with your deviated septum. For example, your breathing will be easier, pain will dissipate and your headaches, nosebleeds, postnasal drip and snoring will subside.
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
What to expect during recovery
As septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to return home the very same day to begin the healing process. For the first few days, you can expect some pain and swelling in the area, though it will be manageable by elevating your head, avoiding irritation to the nose and taking your prescribed pain medication as directed. You will also be advised to avoid participating in strenuous activities and blowing your nose to prevent any complications from developing. In most cases, you will be able to resume work and your normal daily routine within one week, though Dr. Lee will provide you with personalized guidance during your post-operative appointments.
In some cases, a patient’s procedure is medically necessary and therefore covered by insurance. Provided you have given us your insurance information, we will happily file a claim to help get the coverage you deserve. Due to our electronic filing process, your insurance will receive your claim within only days of treatment. However, if your insurance does not pay within 30 days, you will be responsible for the balance on your account.
While we file your medical insurance, we do not have a contract with your insurance nor are we responsible for your insurance company’s response to the claim. Our primary responsibility lies in estimating your cost of treatment, and we do not guarantee that your insurance will provide coverage. Further, we are not responsible for errors incurred during the filing process.
Please ensure our information is up to date regarding your insurance policy. This information includes insurance company address, policy name, and change of employment.
Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Kimberly J. Lee today
If you’re suffering from a deviated septum that interferes with your breathing and overall quality of life, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today for among the best septoplasty Los Angeles has available with Dr. Kimberly Lee. During your meeting, she will provide a full physical examination and obtain detailed information about your symptoms, as well as compose a custom treatment plan designed to correct this structural abnormality, offering long-lasting and profound symptom relief.
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