If you have been told that you have a septal perforation, it is best to have it evaluated and treated as soon as possible even if you are asymptomatic. Although some people may not feel discomfort by a small septal perforation, it is important to understand that a septal perforation—even if seemingly minor—can pose risks. Leaving a septal perforation unmonitored and untreated increases the chances of it enlarging and potentially causing more serious complications.
Understanding a septal perforation. A septal perforation is a hole that has developed in the partition that separates your nasal passages (know as the septum). The septum consists of three layers, a middle layer of cartilage and bone sandwiched between a lining surface on either side. If a septal perforation is detected, it means that all three layers of the septum—the outermost layers (the nasal lining, consisting of mucosa on both sides) and the inner layer (cartilage and/or bone) have been punctured through. The result is an open hole or communication between the two nasal passages.
The risks of not seeking treatment. When medical care is not sought, a person with a septal perforation may develop:
There are different options available to treat a septal perforation, depending on the location and severity. A septum that has been damaged to the point of tissue erosion is a cause for concern. Not only is it more likely to worsen, it is more likely to be more difficult to address. Therefore, to minimize risks and maximize chances for a successful outcome, it is advised that treatment is sought early.
As one of the few offices in the United States to treat septal perforations, Profiles Beverly Hills stands out as a leader in the evaluation and care of even the most difficult septal perforation cases. Nose surgery specialists Drs. Solieman and Litner are nationally-known experts in the treatment of septal perforations. Both have undergone highly specialized training and have expertise in the advanced techniques required to perform septal repair surgery. Visit us now to see how Drs. Solieman and Litner have successfully helped patients suffering from septal perforations regain a favorable nasal appearance and function! If you are suffering from nasal infection unrelated to septal perforation, we recommend contacting the ENT experts at eos sinus, who specialize in nasal and sinus disorders. Contact their San Francisco or San Jose offices to schedule an appointment.