Will Getting my Deviated Septum Fixed Help Prevent Sinus Infections?

I've gotten a sinus infection and uri almost monthly for about a year now and was told by my PCP that my ins. will pay for a nose job. I like the way my nose looks but I'm very tired of being sick all the time. Will getting the nose job make it where i'm sick less?

Doctor Answers 4

Sinus Surgery and septoplasty

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If you are happy with the sape of your nose you don't need to have rhinoplasty done. Septoplasty can improve your sinus infections.

However, I have done many cases of both Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Septo-Rhinoplasty with great success. If you decide to do that, make sure you see an experienced surgeon in bothe fields.

Implications of a Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

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A nose job, called rhinoplasty, will only change the size and shape of your nose and is typically performed for aesthetic purposes. If your physician determined that the primary cause of your sinus infections was a deviated septum, then the septoplasty procedure may be an appropriate option for you. Before moving forward with a procedure, consult a board certified ENT physician. The cause of your sinus infections could range from allergies, nasal polyps, bacteria to irritating pollutants. Patients diagnosed with chronic sinus infections normally have many different factors contributing to their condition. Again, I recommend that you consult with a board certified ENT doctor to get a more accurate assessment of your condition. 

David O. Volpi, MD
New York Otolaryngologist

Septoplasty can help you breathe and improve your sinus function without changing your nose

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A "nose job" is a rhinoplasty, the goal of which is to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose.  Surgery to improve your breathing, or to improve the function of your sinuses on he inside of the nose, the functional part of your nose, is a whole different thing.  

Your sinus infections could be influenced by many factors, including: 

1. the the structure of your nose (a deviated septum, large inferior turbinates, or blocked sinus outflow tracts

2. allergies

3. systemic medical problems

I would recommend seeking consultation and examination by a board certified ear nose and throat surgeon who can perform an exam (likely do a CT scan of your sinuses as well), and discuss the best plan to help you breathe and help you with your recurrent sinusitis.


Deviated septum

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Correcting a deviated septum will improve your nasal airway but will not correct the sinus issues you are having. You need a formal evaluation of your sinuses and possible sinus surgery See an experienced ENT with facial plasic surgery training for your sinus, nasal airway, and cosmetic nasal concerns.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.