Septoplasty Surgery - Dr. Arash Moradzadeh
Serving Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and surrounding areas
The nasal septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the two nasal passages. Made up of thin bone in the back and cartilage in the front, it supports the nose structurally and directs airflow. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage or bone is not straight, which can make breathing difficult — and also lead to snoring and sometimes sleep apnea.
A person’s septum can bend to one side or another as part of normal growth and development. Or it can be deviated at birth (congenital) or be caused by an injury such as a broken nose.
Surgery to straighten the septum is called septoplasty, or septal reconstruction. The surgery may be combined with other procedures to treat chronic sinusitis, inflammation or bleeding as well as to correct sleep apnea or remove nasal polyps. Individuals can benefit from a septoplasty when they have not had adequate relief with medication. The primary goal of the surgery is to improve breathing through the nose, and secondarily, to reduce nasal discharge and post-nasal drip.
Understanding the Procedure
The septum and nasal passages are lined with a layer of soft tissue known as the nasal mucosa. Through incision made inside the nostril, Dr. Moradzadeh lifts up the tissue (muscosa) covering the septum. This allows him to see the bone and cartilage directly, with the help of an endoscope. The doctor removes or reshapes the deviated portions of the bone and cartilage, leaving enough non-deviated bone and cartilage in tact to maintain the shape of the nose. The internal incision is then stitched closed. The entire procedures takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Soft plastic sheets are placed inside the nose to help the septum heal straight and reduce the chance that scar tissue will form. Dr. Moradzadeh does not use packing.
What to Expect Afterwards
It is normal for patients to have some mild discharge for the first few days following the surgery, especially after irrigating the sinuses. Use of Afrin spray will generally stop any bleeding. Congestion and some sinus pressure are also common for the first several days after the procedure. Extra-strength Tylenol can be used to relieve this discomfort, but aspirin and Non-steroid Anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medications such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve should be avoided because they can stimulate bleeding. Individuals who undergo septoplasty can expect to feel tired for the first few days after the surgery.
Patients should avoid straining, heavy lifting (more than 20 lbs.) and nose blowing for at least 10 days after surgery because these activities can cause excessive bleeding. The use of nasal steroid sprays should be avoided for at least two weeks after the procedure to allow the lining of the nose and sinuses to heal. Nasal saline mist sprays, however, can be used every 2 to 3 hours after surgery to help make the nose feel more comfortable.
Did you know that Dr. Moradzadeh is an expert at treating complex septal deviation and revision septal surgery? He is one of the first nasal surgeons in the United States to use the PDS perforated plate; a dissolvable sheet used during surgery to help support and force the septum to remain straight. Using innovative techniques he is able to correct the deviation without removing septal cartilage. For more information on this procedure make an appointment to see Dr. Moradzadeh for a consultation.
The experience I had with Dr. Moradzadeh as my surgeon was phenomenal. His unmatched craft coupled with his amazing bedside manner made for a very pleasant experience. Dr. Moradzadeh has gone above and beyond to achieve the absolute best and natural results possible.
One year ago, Dr. Moradzadeh performed a septoplasty/rhinoplasty on me. I was an athlete all through school and broke my nose multiple times while playing softball. After college, I wanted to pursue my modeling career but missed a lot of opportunities because of the external deformity of my nose. I saw a few local Facial Plastic Surgeons but after meeting with them, I never felt comfortable enough to commit. -Marry
For many years, I suffered from severe breathing problems through my nose. I had been delaying any medical procedures to fix the problem because I was uncomfortable with the process, especially the packing typically inserted into the nasal passages and the difficult recovery period. I went to see Dr. Moradzadeh for any alternative solutions. He described a quick, special surgical process that he can perform which alleviates the problem, improves nasal breathing and has no negative side effects. I willingly agreed since my discomfort was only getting worse. After the brief surgery, I immediately noticed the improvement. I haven’t been able to breathe this freely in years...-R.D.
He is amazing! Already recommended to family and My father is going in on Monday. An excellent doctor and so glad I was referred to him. :) His office staff is also on point and very friendly. What an awesome experience.-Diana
Very professional and skilled at administering botox. I highly recommend!
It was interesting to feel my forehead muscles trying to relax, but I took it easy the day I had my face done and although he said that the results show 7 to 10 days after... I noticed my expression lines chilling out 48 hours later. It is nice to have had a good experience and I am pleased thus far with the service.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the office is welcoming and they were even able to get me in sooner, as I was early. Parking is a little tricky, so I took valet across the street and it was about $10 (tip included). The doctor was friendly and gentle, getting the areas that I wanted to target....-Anonymous
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