Nasal Surgery for Breathing Problems


Nasal Surgery for Breathing Problems

Dr. Rodwell has performed over 1,000 procedures on the nose and sinuses.  It’s safe to say he knows the nose inside and out and is skilled at treating a variety of problems including those related to breathing and sinus infections.

Choosing a surgeon who understands how to preserve or improve the functional parts of the nose is also critical to avoid breathing problems after having cosmetic nose surgery.

Breathing problems can be caused by a variety of issues. Three of the most common are:

  • A deviated septum, which is a crooked or off-center part of the nose that divides the left and right side and narrows the breathing passage.  Septoplasty corrects this condition.
  • A collapsed nasal valve, which creates an obstruction to breathing just inside the nostrils. Nasal valve correction surgery can rebuild the structure of the nasal valve.
  • Turbinate problems – the turbinates are the structures on the inside walls of the nose, which sometimes obstruct breathing when they swell in reaction to allergies. Turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty can reduce the size of the turbinates and restore proper airflow.

Dr. Rodwell provides expert nasal surgery for each of these problems. First, of course, he must examine you carefully to diagnose the cause of your breathing difficulties. Then, he will devise a surgical plan to correct the problem and restore clear breathing.

If you also dislike the shape of your nose, a cosmetic rhinoplasty can be performed simultaneously with nasal surgery.

Dr. Rodwell is a skilled surgeon with a terrific bedside manner. No one compares with this level of work.

—Michael W.

Why consider Nasal Surgery for Breathing Problems

Nasal surgery can:

  • Restore free breathing
  • Reduce nasal congestion
  • Cut down on sinus infections
  • Decrease snoring and/or sleep apnea
  • Improve sense of smell

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Nasal Surgery

Each of the surgeries is different, but all of them are delicate and require considerable skill. Dr. Rodwell uses the most advanced techniques when correcting breathing problems.

Deviated septum surgery involves reshaping the septum, while turbinate reduction involves removing a portion of the turbinates to make them smaller. Nasal valve correction often requires cartilage grafting from one part of the nose to the collapsed nasal valve in order to rebuild its structure.

Patients with these types of problems often benefit from endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty if they also have chronic sinus infections.

Your surgery could be performed with a local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Rodwell will tell you what will take place during your customized procedure and what you can expect before, during, and after surgery. Whenever possible, he places incisions inside the nose where they are hidden and avoids using uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery.

What to Expect After Nasal Surgery

Most patients choose to take about a week off from work, but every case is individual. Some minimal bruising, swelling, and tenderness are to be expected. You can take pain medication and use cold packs to ease discomfort, and keeping your head elevated for several days will also reduce inflammation.

Internal stitches will dissolve on their own. A splint may be required, but the nose does not usually have to be packed. You will see Dr. Rodwell in follow-up appointments, and he will do everything he can to make your recovery period comfortable and as speedy as possible.

If you are considering nasal surgery for breathing problems in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.