What qualifications should I look for in a surgeon if I need a septoplasty to improve my breathing?
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Otolaryngologist or ENT doctor
I would recommend you see an ENT physician for functional nasal problems. They can help diagnose and treat the condition for you as there are many medical, and anatomic reasons. Medical management may help, or surgery might be a better option. Discuss this in detail with your surgeon.
Board-certified ENT for septoplasty procedure
Look for a board certified ENT to perform a septoplasty procedure. A septoplasty will not change the shape of the nose, and is only done for breathing improvement
Best septoplasty doctor
I would recommend seeing a facial plastic surgeon. This is a doctor who did training in ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat surgery) and also in plastic surgery of the face. They will be able to use the combination of their training to see where the septum deviates, how the turbinates look, how the bones look, but also how the internal and external valve appear.
I have seen many patients who have had their septum corrected, but their doctor did not fully appreciate that there was a dynamic issue with the valves of the nose and the patient still cannot breathe.
Best of luck,
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Go see an ENT
You should see a board certified ENT. Septoplasty is bread and butter ENT surgery. Most are skilled in this operation. Certainly a facial plastic surgeon (ENT with extra training and certification) could have more experience with nasal surgery in general.
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