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Dr. Edgar Lueg, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Ventura's only Board-Certified Head & Neck Surgeon
with Advanced Fellowship Training

Nasal Blockage

Septoplasty | Turbinoplasty

Feeling congested and not being able to easily breathe through your nose is extremely aggravating, especially during exercise or sleep and in many patients can lead to or make snoring worse. Since the nose is our body's natural "humidifier" and "air filter", not using it properly is not healthy.

Normally the inside of the nose ("Nasal Cavity") is separated down the middle by a thin cartilage and bony wall ("Septum"). The humidifier and filter ("Turbinate") hangs down from the side. Two of the most common, and easily correctable, causes of Nasal Blockage are a crooked or "Deviated Septum" and Turbinate overgrowth ("Hypertrophy"). Frequently both contribute to Nasal Blockage.

Septoplasty

Septoplasty or straightening of the septum is an outpatient procedure done entirely through your nostrils while you are asleep under anesthesia. Dr. Lueg's method straightens not only the front of the Septum but all the way to the very back (often 3 inches or more in an adult).

Turbinoplasty

Turbinoplasty or re-shaping the Turbinate to make it smaller is also an outpatient procedure done entirely through your nostrils while you are asleep under anesthesia. Dr. Lueg's method re-shapes not only the soft tissue part of the Turbinate but also the underlying bone itself.

Septoplasty and Turbinoplasty are often performed at the same time in order to achieve the best success rate. A Septoplasty and Turbinoplasty typically takes about 30 minutes. There are no facial incisions, bruising, or changes to the shape or appearance of your nose. It is very safe and effective and most patients are able to return to normal activities within a week.

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