Dr. Thompson sees many patients daily with function and cosmetic nasal concerns. Ear, nose, and throat physicians and general doctors refer patients to Dr. Thompson for deviated septum repair in utah. A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum — the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half — is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages.
Some people are actually born with a deviated nasal septum while many are caused by injury or trauma to the face. The biggest symptom patients complain of is nasal congestion, often more in one nostril than the other. Recurrent sinus infections are often a sign of a deviated septum that needs repair. Other symptoms include frequent nosebleeds, facial pain, headache, postnasal drip, loud breathing and/or snoring. A deviated septum can cause sleep apnea, which is a serious condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep.
Medication is typically tried first and if a patient continues to suffer, surgery is the next step. Many patients come to Dr. Thompson as he is an ear, nose and throat doctor who went on to become specialized in facial cosmetic surgery. Therefore, he understands the nasal cavity on the inside and outside. For many, the nasal bone needs to be broken in order to repair the deviated septum, which is called a functional septorhinoplasty. Some patients have problems breathing and desire some cosmetic changes like a smaller dorsal hump. If a patient has insecurities about the appearance of their nose, having them corrected at the same time they are having a deviated septum repaired can greatly help with cost of procedure and allow the patient to experience the recovery process all at once.
It’s important to see a utah facial plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty surgery as they are most qualified and trained to perform deviated septum repair in Utah, especially if there is a cosmetic component. Dr. Thompson performs a great number of rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty surgeries as well and you want a physician with a lot of experience. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thompson, call (801)776-2220.