Nasal valve surgery sounds like a painful procedure. However, this surgery is necessary for people who suffer from severe nasal obstruction. Modern medical technology has revolutionized these procedures, allowing most of them to be done in an office setting with no significant pain, and little recovery time.
It is hard to tell if the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of a more significant problem or if they’re simply a breathing issue. Always consult with your doctor before making and medical decisions.
Continue reading to learn about nasal valves and the signs and symptoms suggesting you may need a procedure.
The Importance of Nasal Valves
The nasal valve is a passage from the front of the nose that air goes through when you breathe. It is the smallest part of the nasal passage. Because of its size, it’s the most common spot for airway resistance.
Nasal Valve Collapse
This condition is easily recognizable by health care professionals. During a routine physical, your physician may notice the sidewall falling in. They may recommend nasal valve collapse surgery to fix the issue.
This nasal passage collapse makes breathing difficult. When the upper lateral cartilages are weak or too narrow it can cause them to collapse when you breathe.
Should you get Surgery?
Nasal obstruction makes breathing uncomfortable. It may even get to a point where nasal valve collapse surgery seems to be the only option. Before contemplating this option, you’ll need to know what’s causing the problem.
Other possible factors that could be causing your breathing difficulties include the following:
- A deviated septum
- Severe allergies or chronic sinus infection
- Swollen nasal turbinates
Nasal implants, medications, or other minor procedures can be used instead of invasive surgery in many cases. Make sure that your ENT specialist has considered all treatment options prior to undergoing any procedure.
If your symptoms are severe enough, surgery may be your best option. There’s always some risk involved with surgeries. However, nasal valve surgeries have a high success rate. Most nasal valve procedures can now be done in the ENT doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
Is the Surgery Painful
The type of internal nasal valve surgery you undergo will vary based on your diagnosis. Regardless of the type of nasal valve problem, almost all procedures can be done in the office setting under local anesthesia.
You do not have to worry about experiencing pain during the surgery.
The Recovery Process
Once your procedure is completed, you will return home to recover. You will have antibiotics and medication to manage any pain, although pain is unlikely. Your medical team will provide you with instructions. They will explain how to clean and care for your nose after treatment.
One week after treatment, you will be seen by your doctor for a post-procedure evaluation. They will examine your nose to ensure you are healing properly. Patients can expect to notice almost immediate improvement in breathing after nasal valve procedures.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get the Help you Need
The thought of surgery is enough to scare anyone. Going under local anesthesia reduces treatment risks and recovery is much easier. Almost all patients are highly satisfied after nasal valve treatment.
With the proper diagnosis and a skilled surgeon, nasal valve procedures can change your life. That’s why it’s important not to wait longer than you already have.
Contact us today for the care you need.