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Septoplasty – Correction of Deviated Septum – Houston*

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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.

Septoplasty Consultation

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.

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.

During/After Septoplasty

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.

Expected Cost

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. 

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Average Cost  
$1,500 - $4,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Day
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Septoplasty FAQs

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.

Multiple Procedures?

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.

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