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Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

What is it?

Nasal septum surgery is a procedure that remedies any difficulties in the combination of bone and cartilage that divides the nostrils. Typically, the septum is straight and separates nostrils evenly. Sometimes, however, the septum is crooked, for one of a variety of reasons. Septoplasty is the third most common head and neck procedure in the United States. If the septum deviates into one of the nostrils instead of running straight down the middle of the nose, consequences including breathing difficulty and swelling may occur. In some cases, a deviated septum can contribute to sleep apnea or more severe consequences. The deviation can occur before or after birth, or from an accident post-partum;. Septum deviation is a separate procedure than rhinoplasty, which corrects any imperfections on the external part of the nose. While rhinoplasty is mostly cosmetic, septoplasty corrects for practical usage of the nostrils.

Who does it?

If you are ever in need of nasal septum surgery in the Hackettstown NJ area, Dr. Joshua D. Pollack is a perfect clinician to address all of your ear, nose and throat health needs.

A little about Dr. Joshua D. Pollack:
• M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1982
• General surgery training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City
• Otolaryngology residency at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (the nation’s oldest specialty hospital)
• Dr. Pollack remained on staff there and served as an attending surgeon for many years.

Dr. Pollack has been in practice for over two decades. He has generous amounts of experience with septoplasty and ensures a positive office experience.

He performs a wide variety of surgical procedures covering the full scope of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, head, and neck). These include specialized ear surgery as well as Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. He also practices state-of-the-art sinus surgery, including the latest advance, in- office Balloon Sinuplasty.

How long does it take?

Septoplasty is a relatively short procedure that can take anywhere from one to several hours, depending on the particular case. With that said, each person has different anatomy. Dr. Pollack customizes care to each so that your septoplasty needs are met exactly as they should be. Typically during a septoplasty, a clinician works through the nostrils to repair any bone or cartilage sections that are causing issues and utilizes either general or local anesthetic to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Generally, septoplasty is considered a relatively minor procedure.

What about recovery time?

Typically, recovery time is over in a couple of weeks. Barring complications, nasal tissue stabilizes between three and six months post procedure. Extreme side effects are rare. Just like any other procedure, there is a period afterward in which the body adjusts to the change. Surrounding tissues heal, grow, and settle. The nose and the sinuses adapt to having a straightened septum, and generally the body responds positively.

Dr. Joshua Pollack is the best option for ENT needs in Hackettstown NJ. He provides comprehensive initial evaluations so that you are assured you are getting the most appropriate, best care for your particular body. Dr. Pollack brings experience, compassion, and understanding to all of his patients. Truly, you could not be in better hands. Contact him today to find out how he can help with your ear, nose, and throat concerns. If you have ear, nose, throat, head, or neck concerns that do not merit septoplasty, be sure to consult the other pages of his website for more information or simply pick up the phone and give one of his two office locations a call today.

Phillipsburg, NJ
Address: 904 Coventry Drive, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: 908.859.6500

Hackettstown NJ
Address: 4A Doctor’s Park, 117 Seber Rd., Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: 908.852.6655

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