When is a Spreader Graft Needed During a Septoplasty Procedure?

Where is the cartilage taken from when a spreader graft is needed for septoplasty?

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When the internal nasal valvue has collapsed

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When the internal nasal valvue has collapsed, and the cartilage is taken from the septum.  Good luck!

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon

Septoplasty to harvest cartilage for spreader grafts

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Septoplasty is often performed to harvest cartilage to provide graft material, including spreader grafts.  Spreader grafts are not needed for isolated septoplasty.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Spreader grafts can improve breathing

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Spreader grafts are grafts that are placed during surgery into the mid-nasal vault region. This region, which is part of the nasal valve, is a critical area for breathing. When surgeons note that this area is narrow in a patient or that the patient has collapse in this area  they will often want to place a spreader graft to provide correction and improve breathing. The cartilage used for spreader grafts is typically taken from the septum. By providing width to this area as well as support, the nasal passages can be opened and breathing can be improved. Spreader grafts are a great option for patients with nasal airway obstruction who have either a narrowed mid-nasal vault or nasal valve collapse. 

Mark Hamilton, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Spreader Grafts

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Spreader grafts are  cartilage grafts usually harvested from the cartilaginous nasal septum. These grafts used for specific purposes, as example, to prevent collapse of the sides of the nose upon deep inspiration.Spreader grafts are not part of a septoplasty procedure other than that.

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Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Spader grafts are usually used in rhinoplasy more than septoplasty. The spreader graft is taken from the septum when available. if the septum is not available rib cartillage is used. Spreader graft is used to make the nose straight, better support to the internal valve for better breathing, and some times to lengthen the nose.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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