Stuffy nose, difficulty breathing, trouble sleeping… we’ve all experienced these annoying symptoms when we have a head cold, allergies, or a sinus infection, but for some people living with nasal obstruction, these are everyday occurrences. Nasal obstruction can be caused by a number of conditions and the nasal and sinus experts at the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles are known for their minimally invasive treatment of nasal obstruction.
Nasal Obstruction Causes
There are several common causes of nasal airway obstruction, with the most common being deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, and nasal polyps.
A deviated septum is when the septum, the cartilage and bone that divides the nasal cavity into two parts, is curved to one side, obstructing one of the airways. Most people are either born with a deviated septum or develop it as a result of trauma or injury to the nose. Many people with a deviated septum experience recurring sinus infections, difficulty breathing, and even sleep apnea.
Turbinates are cylindrical tissue structures on the sidewalls of the nose, that are responsible for cleaning, moisturizing and warming the air we breath. When these turbinates become enlarged, known as turbinate hypertrophy, they can block airflow. Initially, turbinate hypertrophy is treated with nasal sprays or nasal irrigation in an attempt to shrink the turbinates, but they do not always respond to this type of non-invasive treatment.
Nasal polyps are round, non-cancerous growths that can form on the lining of the nasal passage. Oftentimes, nasal polyps occur in patients with allergies and/or asthma and lead to a worsening of their already troublesome sinus conditions. Nasal polyps block the airway making it difficult to breathe.
Nasal Obstruction Treatment
Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery, is known for treating the common causes of nasal obstruction with minimally invasive surgery. He corrects a deviated septum through a procedure known as a septoplasty in which he uses an endoscope to view the septum and then makes a hidden incision inside the nose through which he will straighten the crooked septum.
Turbinate hypertrophy is treated through turbinate reduction surgery. Dr. Larian offers three different types of turbinate reduction procedures; the choice of procedure is based on size and anatomy of the turbinate:
- Submucous Resection
- Radiofrequency Reduction
All three procedures reduce the size of enlarged turbinates to restore normal breathing function.
Nasal polyps that require surgery are treated through similar minimally-invasive means in which the polyps are removed with little trauma to the surrounding tissues.
Contact the Nasal Obstruction Specialists in Los Angeles Today
If you are suffering from the frustrating side effects of nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, or nasal polyps, there are treatment options to restore your normal breathing function. Contact Dr. Larian today to see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive nasal obstruction surgery. Call the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery at 310.461.0300 to schedule a consultation.