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Septoplasty Northern Virginia

What is septoplasty?

A septoplasty (or functional rhinoplasty) is a procedure used to correct breathing problems from a deviated, or crooked, septum. A deviated septum can be present from birth or result from a traumatic injury. Either way, it can block the passage of air and limit your ability to breath through your nose.

Who is a candidate for a septoplasty?

A deviated septum can create problems that are subtle as well as more obvious signs. Difficulty breathing through your nose, particularly on one side, is common. You may feel like you are always congested. Snoring may also result and disrupt your sleep schedule. In some cases, the deviated septum can potentially interfere with sinus function and sinus infections may result. Dr. Sailon will examine you carefully and see if you are a candidate for this procedure.

How does a septoplasty work?

During a septoplasty, Dr. Sailon removes portions of the deviated or crooked septal cartilage and brings the rest back midline to allow easy airflow through both nostrils. The procedure is performed through small incisions inside your nose. A septoplasty by itself does not alter the shape of the nose. It can, however, be combined with a rhinoplasty to allow for Dr. Sailon to make cosmetic refinements to the outside of your nose, if you wish.

Dr. Sailon will also assess your nose before surgery to see if there are additional causes of blockage in your nasal breathing. The turbinates, or outer wall of the nose, can be too large and contribute to limiting airflow. The nasal valves may also be collapsed or to tight, making it hard to breathe. All these issues can be addressed with a septoplasty.

After you have recovered from surgery, you will likely notice easier breathing through your nose. You may snore less. It is also possible your sense of smell and taste will be heightened.

Recovery from septoplasty

A septoplasty is a fairly quick procedure (about one hour) with minimal recovery. There should not be swelling or bruising on the outside of your face. The procedure is performed under anesthesia in an operating room for your comfort. You will go home shortly afterward. Dr. Sailon goes to great length to ensure you are comfortable during your recovery. Small nasal splints may be placed inside your nose and are removed one week after surgery. Most take one week off from work but some may be able to return sooner.




Northern Virginia

6801 Whittier Avenue, Suite 301
McLean, Virginia 22101

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 250
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Office: 703-832-4000
Fax: 703-832-4001


5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 711
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: 301-232-3000
Fax: 301-232-3333

After serious consideration, and in line with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will be limiting our practice until April 7th. This may need to be extended further depending on how the situation evolves. Your health and well-being are our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:
All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until April 7th.

The office will be partially staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.

We are instituting Virtual Consultations for our large inquiry base.

Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.

No patient will ever have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
    We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • As we are a medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to answer your questions.

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