Functional nasal surgery in Montgomery, AL

Functional nose surgery is performed to correct structural issues or anomalies that make it difficult for an individual to breathe. These problems can arise from a birth defect, acquired deformity, injury, or trauma to the nose. Functional nose surgery is a very rewarding procedure, as it greatly improves a patient’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

What can functional nasal surgery treat?

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe snoring
  • Excessive congestion
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Nosebleeds
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Sinus pressure headaches 
  • Dry mouth
  • Crusting at the nostrils

FAQ

Is functional nose surgery covered by health insurance?

Many times, health insurance will cover some or all of a functional nasal surgery if breathing is impaired. Insurance cases such as these can be bundled with cosmetic rhinoplasty. If you’re interested in this, please let us know during your consultation.

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Septoplasty 

A septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, which can cause the following:

  • Headaches
  • Drippy nose
  • Congestion
  • Pain in the face
  • Noisy breathing
  • Constant sinus infections

The septum is the bone and cartilage that divides the nostrils, and a septoplasty involves improving its alignment by re-positioning, trimming, or replacing the bone and cartilage.

Turbinate reduction

Turbinates have a very important job: they purify the air that goes into our lungs. Turbinates are small structures inside the nose, but they can become enlarged. When this happens, they interfere with normal breathing. Turbinate reduction is a surgery that removes a portion of the enlarged turbinates to help with breathing function.

Sinus surgery

Sinus surgery is typically performed to improve sinus issues; particularly chronic inflammation of the nose and sinuses. The procedure makes more space between the sinuses in order to allow air to get in, and drainage to get out.

Surgery for nasal valve collapse

Nasal valve collapse can be the result of trauma, inflammation, weak nasal cartilage, scar tissue, complications after a nasal surgery, or simple age. This condition can cause many problems, including intense snoring, severe congestion, bleeding, crusty nostrils, and difficulty breathing. Improving nasal valve collapse sometimes involves using spreader grafts to support the valves so that they remain open and allow for adequate breathing.

Surgery for nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are benign growths that can occur due to allergic rhinitis, an allergy to aspirin, sinus infections, acute and chronic infections, asthma, nasal obstruction, and cystic fibrosis. They develop on the nasal passages or sinuses and can cause a host of problems, including difficulty breathing and sinus infections. Functional nose surgery can effectively help improve nasal polyps.

What to expect in your consultation

During your initial consultation with us, a physical exam of your nose will be performed. Dr. Raggio or Dr. Cawthon will go over your medical history and discuss whether or not you’ve had any prior nose surgeries. You will describe the issues you’re having with your nose, and the doctor will then create a personalized treatment plan just for you. You will be walked step-by-step through the entire procedure and recovery process so that you fully understand what to expect. Your consultation is the perfect time and place to ask any questions and bring up any concerns.

ALPRS for functional nasal surgery

Dr. Blake Raggio and Dr. Thomas Cawthorn are experts in the field of facial surgery. Dr. Raggio is the only fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in the Montgomery, AL region, and has extensive training. Dr. Cawthon is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery, and brings decades of experience to our practice. When you choose to work with Alabama Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, you’re choosing extraordinary care and service from every touchpoint — before, during, and after surgery — to get outstanding results that improve your quality of life.

Blake Raggio

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Alabama Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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