Most of us have had a nasty cold or allergies that have made it hard to breathe. This feeling of not taking in a full breath is uncomfortable and can make us feel anxious about our breathing. Westlake Village and Calabasas patients who suffer from a deviated septum can undergo a functional septoplasty to relieve their symptoms and improve their breathing. Patients with a deviated septum have a nasal septum that is skewed to one side, which can cause:
- Nasal obstruction leading to trouble breathing.
- Snoring or accentuation of sleep apnea.
- Worsening of sinus headaches due to postnasal drip.
Dr. Costanzo has effectively treated Westlake Village and Calabasas patients with deviated septum, restoring their ability to breathe and live a normal, active life.
Causes of Deviated Septum
Patients with a deviated septum are either born with this condition or develop it as a result of the nasal septum shifting out of place from injury. While the reason for a deviated septum may vary, the treatment does not. Initially, treatment will be on the conservative side with antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants, which are attempted before progressing to a more radical treatment. If patients continue to have symptoms that make it difficult to breathe then surgical treatment will be required.
Treatment for Deviated Septum
A specific type of nasal surgery, called a septoplasty, corrects the deviated septum by realigning it to the proper place. After the surgery patients are able to:
- Take in air from both nostrils.
- Sleep better.
- Sometimes reduce infections and post-nasal drip that causes discomfort.
If a deviated septum is the result of traumatic injury, then it is likely that the shape and position of your nose is also off-center and may be corrected during your surgery. This is called a rhinoplasty.
Will My Insurance Cover a Septoplasty for Breathing Trouble?
If you have trouble breathing and are considering a septoplasty to correct the problem, your insurance will most likely cover the procedure. You should always check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.
The majority of companies will usually pay a portion of the cost for a septoplasty. However, your insurance company will not cover the cost of a non-essential procedure if it is unrelated to correcting a medical condition. What an insurance company will not cover is any additional aspect of the procedure to change the shape and size of your nose. Because this is unrelated to a medical condition, if you want to undergo any cosmetic procedure during the same surgery this will be paid for out of pocket.
Can I Change the Appearance of My Nose During My Nose Surgery?
If you are already cleared for a functional septoplasty or surgical treatment for breathing trouble, this would be a good time to consider combining this with reshaping the nose which is called a Rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is the cosmetic component of nose surgery. This will not impact the length of your recovery and can give you the opportunity to achieve that better appearance you’ve been looking for in one combined surgery. Although your insurance will not pay this expense, you will save the trouble of a second surgery at a later date and avoid additional healing time. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty to correct a cosmetic problem during your functional septoplasty, Dr. Costanzo will discuss the possibility with you at your consultation.
Breathe easy, schedule your septoplasty and rhinoplasty treatment today by calling our Westlake Village and Calabasas area office at (805) 373-9919.