Obstructed breathing can have far-reaching consequences, affecting your quality of sleep, athletic performance, and general enjoyment of life. As a board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Albert Chow is specifically trained and experienced in surgical treatment of the inner structures of the nose and the sinuses. He performs septoplasty and reduction of turbinates at his San Francisco practice to help patients breathe freely with minimal downtime.

If you are having trouble breathing or are bothered by snoring, request a consultation with Dr. Chow using his online form or call (415) 441-1888 to schedule an appointment.

What Is a Deviated Septum?

The septum is made up of cartilage and bone, and it divides the nasal airway into two passages. It begins in the middle of the upper lip, between the nostrils, and extends all the way to the back of the nasal cavity. Normally, the septum allows air to flow in and out through each side of the nose. It also adds support for the tip of the nose. But in the case of a deviated septum, it instead obstructs airflow in one or both nostrils.

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects this condition.

What are Turbinates?

Dr. Chow may also perform turbinate reduction. This corrects problems due to enlarged nasal turbinates, structures on the side wall of the nose that when inflamed and enlarged due to allergies can project into the nasal passages.

Benefits of Septoplasty and Reduction of Turbinates

During your consultation, Dr. Chow will perform an internal and external examination of your nose to determine the cause of your breathing difficulties and decide whether surgery is the right approach. When appropriate, septoplasty can improve one or a combination of the following problems:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Feeling constantly stuffy or plugged
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sinus infections (sinusitis)
  • Dry mouth from breathing through the mouth

Combining Septoplasty & Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Many patients consider rhinoplasty not only for nasal breathing and function, but for cosmetic enhancement of the nose. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chow is well trained in both. He can provide both functional and aesthetic improvements with a single surgery and recovery period.

Are Septoplasty and Reduction of Turbinates Covered by Insurance?

When nose surgery is performed to improve breathing, it is typically covered by medical insurance. Dr. Chow performs an endoscopic examination of the inside of your nose during the consultation to determine whether insurance can cover septoplasty or reduction of turbinates. If you have Dr. Chow combine cosmetic rhinoplasty with septoplasty and or reduction of turbinates, you will need to pay for the portion of the fees not covered by insurance.