Nose is a vital organ that aids in breathing and perceiving smells. The inside of the nose consists of bone and cartilage. While the upper part of the nose is supported by the bone, the lower part is supported by cartilage. The hollow nasal cavity is divided into two passages by a tissue called the septum.
There are various procedures, like nasal surgery, that take care of nose related conditions. Do you have a broken nose, nasal structural problems, nasal injury, birth defects of the nose, nasal obstruction or do you wish to remodel/change the size or shape of the nose? For any cosmetic or structural problem, you could consider nasal intervention.
A normal nasal function can be impacted by several conditions including Allergies, Mucosal swelling, Deviated septum, Nasal polyps or Enlarged turbinate, among other structural problems. These factors can adversely impact a persons ability to breathe, sleep, or conduct normal daily activities. Some may even contribute to headaches.
A few of the above conditions can be improved through nasal surgery. Surgery not only improves the overall appearance of the nose but it also takes care in restoring normal nasal functions. Besides Rhinoplasty, there are other types of procedures for different conditions. These include Endoscopic sinus surgery, Septoplasty, Polypectomy and Balloon sinuplasty.
Rhinoplasty is the most common surgical procedure to reshape, augment or reduce an individual’s nose, narrow nostril width, alter the angle between the mouth and the nose, correct injury/birth defects, or problems affecting breathing. Endoscopic sinus surgery (Sinoscopy) is a minimally invasive surgery for removing blockages in the sinuses in cases of sinus infections that are either recurring or non-responsive. Septoplasty is a type of nose surgery that corrects a deviated septum or other deformities of the nasal septum. Polypectomy is a surgical procedure to completely remove nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are localized swelling that develop due to chronic sinus and nasal inflammation. Balloon sinuplasty is an advanced procedure for treating sinusitis and related conditions using minimally invasive techniques.
Almost all of these procedures are performed through the nostrils, and hence there are no visible cuts or subsequent scars. Post surgery, some people may experience swelling of the nose, eyes and sometimes face or a dull ache in the nose. Cold compresses are generally applied to relieve the discomfort. In addition to the nasal packing, many patients wear a drip pad for a few days, under the nose. An external splint may be used to hold the cartilage and bones in place for few days, during the initial healing process. A thorough physical examination is essential prior to the surgery and the doctors must obtain a complete history from the patient during the clinical evaluation.