Septal Perforation Repair
Your septum is the wall of cartilage and bone separating your nostrils and dividing your nose into two chambers. Damage to the septum can inhibit normal breathing and increase your risk of infections. One form of septal damage is called septal perforation. As the term implies, perforation refers to a hole in the septum. Septal Perforation Repair requires advanced medical training, skill, and experience. Dr. Christopher Godek has earned his reputation as one of America’s top board-certified nasal surgeons. He warmly invites you to schedule a consultation. You can reach our New Jersey office at (732) 281-1988 or contact our Wall Township practice at (732) 375-0202.
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Septal perforation symptoms can range from mild or even non-existent to severe. Accordingly, treatment options depend on the size of the perforation and its accompanying symptoms. Minor perforations may require only diligent nasal hygiene and “home remedies.” But perforations that have caused advanced complications often need surgical intervention, called Septal Perforation Repair, to address the tear or insert a prosthetic “button” to cover the septal hole.
With a Septal Perforation Repair New Jersey patients can experience significant benefits, including the elimination of symptoms caused by the perforation, such as:
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Your consultation with Dr. Godek is critically important to successfully treating your perforation. Your septal perforation repair journey will start with a nasal exam to determine if you, in fact, have a perforation. If confirmed, Dr. Godek will assess the perforation's size and its medical significance. If your perforation does not require surgery, Dr. Godek will prescribe a non-invasive treatment plan that is right for you. In some cases, that regimen may be as simple as using saline nasal sprays, a humidifier, and an antibiotic ointment.
This Is How We Do It
It’s critically important to establish the underlying cause of your septal perforation to treat it appropriately. Depending on the suspected cause, you may need some lab tests or a biopsy of your perforation. If you and Dr. Godek elect to proceed with a surgical repair of your perforation, he will design a customized surgical strategy. While many septal perforation repair procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis (meaning you can go home later on the same day of your surgery), others may require an overnight hospital stay.
At our practice in New Jersey septal perforation repair surgery typically takes one to three hours. Repairing a large and severe perforation may sometimes involve using your own tissue–from inside your nose or even cartilage harvested from your ears or ribs. In a “closed” surgery, your doctor enters through your nostrils. “Open” nasal surgery involves external incisions to provide better surgical access.
Here’s What To Expect
The quality of your results is measured by the degree to which your symptoms are relieved. While septal perforation repair surgery carries a high success rate, it may be less successful for people who smoke or have diabetes because these conditions can restrict blood supply to the septum.
Finish The Job And Maximize Your Results
Diligently following your post-surgical recovery procedures as prescribed by Dr. Godek is vital to optimizing your results, particularly the guidelines for cleaning your nose properly. Avoid bending over and heavy lifting, stay away from contact sports, and don’t pick your nose or blow it aggressively. And remember to sneeze with your mouth open. Dr. Godek will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing well. In some cases, you may have splints in your nose for a few weeks following your surgery, and full recovery may take a little longer.
Causes can include previous nose surgery, injuries, excessive nose-picking, some steroid nasal sprays, infections, autoimmune disorders, and exposure to certain chemicals and drugs.
To some degree, yes, by using a bedroom humidifier, using only saline-based nasal sprays, avoiding nose-picking, and staying away from recreational drugs.
No. A perforation is a hole in the septum. A deviated septum is cartilage or bone not centered in your nose properly.
If your perforation is causing medical issues, your insurance may cover all or part of the costs.
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To enhance the form and function of your nose, Dr. Christopher Godek and his team at Rhinoplasty New Jersey are unrivaled in the Tri-State area. Their dedication to detail and commitment to quality care will ensure you are comfortable and ready for a life-changing rhinoplasty. Schedule your consultation today. We look forward to answering any questions you may have!