Houston facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, specialize exclusively in aesthetic surgery of the face, head and neck. They are recognized experts in nasal surgery, including septoplasty, to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the thick band of fibrous tissue and bone that separates the two nasal passages, as well as supports the nose and its airflow. Patients that suffer from a deviated or crooked septum often have symptoms that include snoring, difficulty breathing, and in some cases, a nose that does not appear aesthetically pleasing. Septoplasty straightens the nasal septum, resulting in a significant improvement of these concerns.
What Sets Us Apart
In addition to specialized training in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, so they know the anatomy of your nose better than any other specialist or general surgeon. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm perform more than 100 nasal surgeries every year, the majority of which include septoplasty surgery. Patients, including physicians and their family members, come not only from Houston, but from all around the country to have their nasal surgery performed by Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm because of their technical skill, expertise and highest standards of patient care.
Our doctors take pride in being exceptionally thorough during septoplasty consultations. Frequently lasting over two hours, FPSA provide a comlpete nasal examination to all patients as well as make sure to take all the time necessary to answer any questions they might have and to fully understand each patient's goals. We also perform a special rhinometry test during consultations, to better gague breathing issues.
"Since I can remember, I have had a fairly severe deviated septum that has always bothered me. It was visible at the base of my nose. I was always very self-conscious about it, to the point I felt like it was keeping me from being myself and enjoying many normal situations. I finally realized that if I wanted things to be different, I would have to take the initiative to make a change. After doing much research, I made an appointment with Dr. Kridel who assured me he could help me. From that first appointment, through surgery and all the post op appointments, everyone at FPSA has been so nice and wonderful. I am forever grateful for their expertise, council and kindness in addition to the outstanding results!"- J.C. / Office Visit / Dec 10, 2014
"I LOVE Dr. Kridel and his staff. It came to my attention less than a year ago that my 12 year old daughter had been suffering from a severe deviated septum as well as over-sized turbinates due to terrible allergies. As a mother, I felt awful not to have caught this sooner so I was determined to do my research and find the right doctor for the job. I was happy to find Dr. Kridel! He is a facial plastic surgeon but his specialty is rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. I found that people from all over come to Dr. Kridel to fix other doctors's mistakes! Our visit to his office was nothing but first class. I had MANY questions which he answered with ease and care. He took his time and made sure we knew what to expect. My daughter had the surgery in January 2014 which included septoplasty and turbinate reduction. The results were outstanding. At every check-up I was amazed with the change. At two months out, she has little to no swelling and can actually breathe again:) Thank u Dr. Kridel!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 17, 2014
"Expensive, but excellent, result repairing septal perforation caused by poor septoplasty overseas in 2009. I am so thankful my wife found Dr. Kridel through internet research & he was also highly recommended by a relative's neighbor (ENT) as being *The Best* at this procedure. In addition Dr. Kridel seemed to manage subtle 'straightening' of my nose as well. However I am most pleased at great success of surgery, as other doctors overseas and in Atlanta had only predicted 50-60% chance of fully closing reasonably large septal perforation. Dr. Kridel's staff were helpful and accommodating. He also trains up & coming medical 'fellows', sharing his expertise, knowledge and skills with young surgeons. Additionally if you have to spend several weeks in Houston to have healing carefully monitored, as I did, it is an interesting place to visit with plenty of museums, parks, shopping options and a huge variety of dining & (healthy) take-out food choices."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 10, 2012
"Septoplasty Revision/septal Perforation Repair - Houston, TX - This is a difficult, lengthy, specialized surgery with several followup visits of varying lengths for analysis of healing, removal of stitches, review of aftercare procedures etc. Thus the high cost of a highly-trained specialist; not only withENT credentials, but also facial plastic surgery training. I cannot submit photos or videos easily as surgical procedure was 'way up' inside my nose -- which is also 'straighter':)"- M. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2012
"37 Years Old, Suffered a Broken Nose at 10 Years of Age - Houston, TX - My nose was broken in childhood skiing accident and because it didn't look bad my parents didn't realize it at the time and it was left untreated. As I got older I started suffering from migraines and sinus problems. Years later an ear, nose, and throat doctor performed and X-ray and was surprised to see just how badly broken it was. He suggested that I may want to consult with a surgeon about repairing my nose and that's when I found Dr. Sturm. I was very nervous that the procedure would change my appearance as that was not my intention. Dr. Sturm reassured me that it would be a subtle change that only enhanced my face and she was so right. I love my results, the bump on my nose is gone but I still look like me and I feel so much better. Migraines are gone and this is the first year I haven't suffered with a major sinus infection. Dr Sturm is so nice and I honestly look forward to every checkup. The whole experience went like I was told it would and I am so glad that I found such a great surgeon and staff to take care of me."- H. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2015
Septoplasty Surgical Technique
Septoplasty as a standalone surgery that does not require any external incisions and takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to perform. The tissue covering the septum is lifted and separated so that a clear view of the inside of the nose can be achieved and the bone and cartilage assessed. During the procedure, the deviated structures are reshaped to correct the issue, while at the same time preserving the shape of the nose. The incision is closed with sutures. There is very little swelling, bruising or discomfort after surgery.
Septoplasty is performed under general or “twilight” anesthesia at a nearby accredited outpatient surgical facility or in our AAAHC-accredited, in-office surgical suite. There is usually very little swelling, bruising or discomfort after surgery. If the septoplasty surgery is combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery, the procedure will take longer and the recovery period will also be longer. Patients can return to work and normal activities in less than a week.
Because medical symptoms are often the case in deviated septum cases, septoplasty surgery is often covered by insurance. Dr. Angela Sturm accepts most major insurance carriers for the functional portion of the septoplasty surgery only. Patients who plan on having rhinoplasty surgery at the same time are responsible for the cosmetic portion and any other portion not covered by their insurance benefits. Our office will work with the insurance provider to establish what benefits you have that relates to the “functional” portion of the septoplasty surgery. Dr. Sturm will be your surgeon, if you only desire septoplasty or septoplasty with turbinate correction. Dr. Kridel only performs septoplasty in combination with rhinoplasty surgery when indicated. Dr. Kridel does not accept insurance, and is considered an out-of-network provider. We provide patients of Dr. Kridel with appropriate paperwork that they can file with their carrier if they so choose. Septoplasty costs can range from $2,625-$3,500.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,500 - $4,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breathing Issues Only?
Some patients will choose to have Septoplasty to help alleviate symptoms of a deviated septum, such as breathing difficulties. Many of these patients like the look of their nose and thus are worried that surgery will change this. While this surgery does aim to correct medical problems, it can alter the appearance of the nose just slightly—depending on how much cartilage needs to be reshaped. It is critical to go to an experienced facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Angela Sturm, for the peace of mind that you are in specifically trained hands that will help ensure that any slight visible changes are natural and subtle.
What Causes This?
Many individuals are born with a deviated septum, and for many, the symptoms worsen as they age. In addition to birth trauma, genetics as well as traumatic physical injury can also cause septal deviation. Some patients had an injury when they were young children and they don’t recall the event, but find as they get older they have breathing problems.
Septoplasty is quite frequently performed in the same surgical session as rhinoplasty surgery, for patients wishing to aslo correct undesirable aesthetics. Many patients also need enlarged turbinate correction to improve breathing. This can also be performed at the same time. In some case, additional facial plastic surgery, like chin augmentation can be combined for greater impact and to save operative and recovery time.