Nasal obstruction is a common complaint among people of all ages, yet this irritation is not always diagnosed properly. Many people feel that they have an on-going sinus infection, continuously taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate their symptoms. Children who continually suffer from nasal obstruction often grow up believing that their congestion is “normal” because it has always been their normal. Yet, adults who begin suffering from nasal breathing obstruction know the difference between clear, regular breathing and the unpleasant feelings of nasal obstruction. Parents of children with constant nasal blockage and adults who suffer from nasal breathing obstruction are often surprised to learn that the cause is a saddle nose deformity.
When there is substantial anatomic damage or deformity to the nasal structure, a saddle nose deformity can limit a person’s breathing ability. A complete nasal examination and a thorough history of the nasal functions will determine whether a saddle nose deformity is contributing to the airway, sinus, or nasal blockage. Dr. Maurice Khosh will examine the nose from the outside to identify any asymmetries or irregular anatomic identifiers that suggest a saddle nose deformity. Dr. Khosh will also do an internal exam of the nose to examine the nasal passage and septum. Sometimes during an internal exam, an obtrusive mass or lesion will be discovered as the cause of a person’s breathing obstruction; in this instance, a surgical procedure to remove the mass will be discussed. Dr. Khosh is a renowned surgeon in nasal surgeries, and his expertise will help to determine the specific cause of any breathing obstruction.
If, after both an external and internal examination are complete, it is determined that the cause of nasal breathing obstruction is caused by a saddle nose deformity, Dr. Khosh will proceed with a very specified surgery. A saddle nose deformity caused by injury, drug use, or septum perforations makes it difficult for a person to breathe clearly through the nose. The airway is often blocked by the obstruction of the nasal bridge which has collapsed. Any time the nasal passageway is restricted, it is difficult to inhale and exhale through the nose. In severe cases, the internal nasal valve can completely cut off airflow through the nasal cavity, making it impossible for a person to breathe through the nose.
Along with the lessened ability (or complete inability) to breathe through the nasal passageway, a saddle nose deformity can also cause trauma to a person’s self-esteem. A saddle nose deformity is often very recognizable in appearance. With the collapse of the bridge of the nose, the dorsal height is diminished – often giving the nose the appearance of “falling in” or “sinking in” to the face.
Dr. Maurice Khosh has the expertise to restore the shape and function of the nose to patients of all ages. His expertise in the area of saddle nose deformities sets him apart from other cosmetic surgeons who focus generally on aesthetics. Contact the office of Dr. Khosh to schedule a consultation to discuss evaluation and repair options to alleviate your nasal breathing obstruction.