Septal perforation repair is a minimally-invasive procedure aimed at closing large holes located in the septum -the structure that separates the nasal passages. Septal perforations can occur due to trauma, cancer, excessive nose-picking, drug use, and certain diseases. Smaller perforations can be managed with home saline rinses and may not need to be corrected through surgical means.
How Does It Work?
Prior to perforation repair, patients will be put under general anesthesia. If autografted tissue (tissue collected from another place on your body) is to be used, Dr. Farole will collect and suture the small wound. Depending on your individual case, tissue from inside the nose can be used or he may decide to insert medical-grade silicone instead.
Septal repair can be a complex procedure requiring the utmost care. Dr. Farole is a highly-skilled surgeon with many perforation repair surgeries under his belt. During your repair, he will use a variety of minimally-invasive techniques to ensure the best outcome possible and reduce recovery time.
Most patients can return to work the very next day after their treatment. Patients should avoid blowing their nose, bending forward, and exercise for several days post-procedure. Some nasal drainage should be expected as you heal.
Is It Right for Me?
You may have a septal perforation if you experience bleeding, pain, or a whistle sound when you inhale. During your in-person consultation, Dr. Farole will perform a complete nasal evaluation to determine the size of your perforation and advise you whether surgery is your best option.
Patients who cannot undergo general anesthesia due to autoimmune disease may not be good candidates for septal perforation repair.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Restored nasal function can occur in as little as 2-3 weeks after your procedure. Airflow becomes more regulated and breathing should be much easier. Septal repair is typically long-lasting, especially when autologous tissue is used.
The majority of patients have no complications from their surgery and require no further treatments. However, for some, perforations can reopen requiring additional surgery.