You’ve tried everything, but you just can’t breathe.
You even have your allergies under control, but your nose is still stuffy and congested — you feel like you’re blowing your nose all the time and it’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep. You feel hopeless! You know how in movies, just when things get desperate the hero arrives to save the day? Well, this is that moment. It’s Dr. Sina Joorabchi to the rescue! He’s been working for many years to help men and women in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale find relief through the latest advances in septoplasty procedures. He can put his expertise to work for you and help you breathe better to live better today.
The septum is the ridge of bone and cartilage that divides your nose in two. It’s what keeps each side of your nose separated and functioning independently.
Ideally, the septum is perfectly straight, although that’s never the case for most of us. When it is significantly crooked or misshapen, it can begin to make breathing difficult. This condition is called a “deviated septum.” If your septum is so out of line that it’s causing problems for you, then septoplasty may be the best option to correct it. It’s a surgical procedure where the septum is realigned and/or parts of it are removed or replaced.
Sometimes, grafts are needed to reconstruct the septum properly, but existing tissue can be reused most of the time. Septoplasty procedures are fairly common and have a very low risk of complications. But Dr. Joorabchi wants you to feel comfortable, so we’re here to address any concerns or answer any questions you may have along the way.
Besides having a deviated septum that’s interfering with your breathing, there are a few other indications that you’ll be a good candidate for a septoplasty procedure. Other signs that your deviation is severe include recurring infections in the nose or sinuses or frequent nosebleeds. It is helpful if candidates are in overall good health as that typically means your body won’t have any trouble recovering from surgery.
It’s best if you don’t smoke or have any serious medical issues — things like heart disease or untreated diabetes — or any conditions that make you prone to excessive bleeding. You shouldn’t have a septoplasty surgery done if you’ve got an active nasal or sinus infection either. There are always risks that come with any surgery, so make sure to talk to Dr. Joorabchi about anything in your medical history that may cause complications and what medications you’re on. Some medicines can interfere with your recovery, so we want to make sure those issues are properly addressed. Also, it’s always a good idea to talk to your primary care physician about the possibility of surgery too. Having a second opinion from another doctor you trust can help head off potential problems and give you added peace of mind.
Septoplasty can help resolve a lot of problems you deal with every day. Symptoms include:
If any of those sound like your experience, you may have a severely deviated septum, and septoplasty could be the answer you’re looking for. When you come in to talk to Dr. Joorabchi, let him know about all of the issues you’re facing. He’ll listen attentively to your story, and help you craft a customized treatment plan that’s just right for you.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure, some cases can be performed in Dr. Joorabchi’s clinic and other cases require surgery.
Typically, the whole process takes about an hour. It can be done only using local anesthesia, but general sedation is sometimes a better approach — you and Dr. Joorabchi will determine what’s right for you beforehand. If general anesthesia is used, you’ll want to schedule a friend or family member to give you a ride home, so keep that in mind. Once you’re properly numbed and sedated, the surgery will begin.
Dr. Joorabchi will usually be able to perform the procedure through one of your nostrils. He’ll remove some cartilage as necessary and reposition what’s there when he can. After your septum has been realigned, Dr. Joorabchi may insert some soft, silicone splints to support the septum as it heals, while keeping the nose open so you can breathe. He’ll then close up the incisions he made with stitches and apply bandages as necessary.
Usually, septoplasty is done so that there is very little swelling or bruising visible. There may be drainage or bleeding for up to two weeks, but that can be managed with gauze or bandages. Numbness in your top front teeth or jaw can happen but typically goes away on its own.
Your septum should be completely stabilized after three to six months, but shifting can continue for up to a year after the procedure. Dr. Joorabchi will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your nose while it’s healing. It will probably be wise to keep your head elevated, especially while sleeping, and not to blow your nose for a few weeks. You should also avoid intense physical activity like working out or running. And this may sound weird, but try to just wear clothes that close in front, like button-down shirts or zip-up jackets. Pulling clothes over your head can put stress on your nose, and we don’t want to do that. Just follow the doctor’s instructions and you’ll be good to go.
After your nasal tissues have stabilized, you should be able to notice a major improvement in your breathing.
You should have fewer nose or sinus infections from now on and blowing your nose when you get stuffy should be much more effective.Depending on the extent of your deviation before the surgery, you may even notice your nose is now straighter and has a more balanced appearance. How great to feel better and look better too!
You can schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Joorabchi today! His clinic is conveniently located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, right between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. To request your consultation, just fill out the simple form below. Or, if you’d rather talk to someone, give us a call at (954) 438-7171. You can be on your way to breathing better and living better today!
If you suffer from persistent congestion or sinus pain, every day feels like a struggle. But there is a way to stop the headaches, the runny noses, and the sleepless nights. Schedule your consultation at Broward ENT & Allergy today to get relief from your ENT issues and start breathing freely again.
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