Perforated Septum Surgery in St. Louis
Some people may experience a medical condition known as a perforated septum. A perforated septum is when a hole develops in the septum (the cartilage that keeps the nostrils separated). This condition can reduce the nose’s functionality, impact breathing, and increase the risk of infection. Fortunately, Dr. Porshinsky is a nasal surgery expert with more than a decade of experience treating conditions like this.
What Are the Benefits of Perforated Septum Surgery?
The symptoms of a perforated septum can vary based on the size of the hole. Some symptoms include:
- Whistling or wheezing sounds
- Inability to breathe through the nose
- Constantly runny nose
- Pain in the nose
Perforated septum surgery can correct some or all of those conditions.
How Is Perforated Septum Surgery Performed?
Perforated septum surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Much like rhinoplasty, an incision is commonly made across the columella to lift the skin and gain access to the septum. The hole can then be sealed using a combination of tissue, cartilage, or bone grafts and skin flaps from within the nose. This process ensures that the newly sealed hole remains stable and restores nose functionality.
After the septum is repaired, the tissue is placed back over the septum, and the incision is closed. This can result in minor scarring; however, Dr. Porshinsky is skilled in making the incisions as discreet as possible.
How Long Does Recovery From Perforated Septum Surgery Take?
The initial recovery takes approximately three to five days, during which the patient may experience mild to moderate discomfort. Splints should be worn for two to three weeks following the surgery to stabilize the nose and ensure optimal recovery. Dr. Porshinsky will schedule a follow-up appointment with you about a month after your operation to ensure that the septum is healing well.
What Are the Results of Perforated Septum Surgery?
A properly performed perforated septum surgery will restore functionality to the nose. Most patients will be able to breathe normally after three to four weeks. Most of the other side effects of a perforated septum should fade within five days of your operation.
If the symptoms do not fade or get worse, contact Dr. Porshinsky to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Want to Learn More About Perforated Septum Surgery?
Dr. Porshinsky is the nasal reconstruction expert in the Mercy Plastic Surgery Group. If you are interested in learning more about surgical options to treat a perforated septum or other nasal concerns, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Porshinsky by calling his office at (314) 649-5419. You may also fill out this online form to schedule a consultation.