Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum, a common condition where the septum, the bone, and cartilage that divide the nose into two separate nostrils are displaced to either side of the nose, causing breathing difficulties, snoring, and other related symptoms.
Finding the right septoplasty surgeon is crucial for a successful surgical outcome. It requires careful consideration and research to ensure that you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who can perform the procedure safely and effectively.
Here are some key factors to consider when looking for the right septoplasty surgeon:
Ask for Referrals
Seeking referrals from friends, family, or your primary care doctor is an important way to find a skilled and reputable septoplasty surgeon. When you ask for referrals, you are getting recommendations from people who have had personal experience with the surgeon. This can give you valuable insights into the surgeon’s skills, bedside manner, and patient care.
In addition to asking for referrals, it is also important to do your own research online. Read reviews of different surgeons and look at photos. This will give you a more comprehensive view of the surgeon’s work and experience.
Once you have a few surgeons in mind, schedule consultations with each one. This will give you a chance to ask questions and get a feel for each surgeon’s personality and approach to surgery. It is important to find a surgeon that you feel comfortable with and who you trust.
Qualifications and Credentials
The surgeon should be board-certified in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat specialty) and have specific training and experience in septoplasty procedures. You can check their credentials and certifications on their website or by contacting their office directly. This means that they have met the rigorous standards set by a professional medical organization. Ask about the surgeon’s experience with septoplasty and about the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure. It’s important to be aware of these before you make a decision about surgery. Trust your gut instinct. If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular surgeon, don’t hesitate to look for someone else.
It’s even more beneficial for you to consider a septoplasty surgeon who’s a medical expert in Nasal & Sinus Surgery and is world-renowned for their contributions towards improving the breathing health and wellness of patients struggling with common ENT disorders and nasal issues. Besides having the standard board certification and qualifications, consider an ENT surgeon with FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) and FARS (Fellow, American Rhinologic Society) credentials as well.
Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a septoplasty surgeon:
- The surgeon’s location. If you live in a rural area, you may have to travel to see a qualified surgeon.
- The surgeon’s fees. Septoplasty surgery can be expensive, so it’s important to get quotes from several surgeons before making a decision. However if you’re using your insurance costs can be limited. Insurance does not cover any cosmetic changes to the nose.
- The surgeon’s office staff. You’ll be interacting with the surgeon’s office staff a lot before and after surgery, so it’s important to make sure that you feel comfortable with them.
Finding the right septoplasty surgeon is an important decision. By following these tips, you’ll increase your chances of finding a qualified surgeon who will give you the results you want.
The number of septoplasty surgeries a surgeon has performed is extremely relevant as to what you can expect for your procedure. High-volume surgeons with a high success rate are more adept at navigating the unique complexities involved in performing septoplasty and they are better equipped to manage any potential complications that may arise to ensure the best outcome for each patient.
It is essential to choose a surgeon with a good reputation in the community. You can ask for referrals from your primary care physician or friends and family who have had septoplasty surgery. You can also check online reviews and ratings of the surgeon to get an idea of their reputation and success rate.
The surgeon you choose should be able to communicate with you effectively and provide clear and concise information about the procedure, the risks, and the benefits. They should be able to answer your questions and concerns and provide you with realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
Medical Technology and Surgical Techniques
A well-qualified septoplasty surgeon uses the latest technology and techniques to perform the surgery. Ask each surgeon you decide to interview about the instruments they use and the methods they employ during the procedure. They should also be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques and help you make an informed decision.
The surgeon you choose should be affiliated with a reputable hospital or surgical center that has a good track record of safety and success in performing septoplasty surgeries. They should also have access to the latest technology and equipment to perform the surgery.
Septoplasty Cost and Insurance Coverage
The septoplasty surgery costs vary depending on the surgeon, the surgical center, and the location. Higher costs are the norm with prestigious septoplasty surgeons who are affiliated with highly accredited hospitals, surgical centers, and medical facilities. Because septoplasty is a procedure that’s done on a medically necessary basis, most health insurers provide coverage for it and the patient’s costs are limited.
Verify your insurance coverage with the surgeon and medical clinic before scheduling to ensure you have a thorough understanding of any unexpected out-of-pocket expenses that you may have to pay. If your insurance provider covers the cost, you should choose a surgeon who is in-network to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. It is important to choose a surgeon who offers a reasonable price for the procedure without compromising on the quality of care.
Finding the right septoplasty surgeon requires careful research and consideration. You should look for a surgeon who is qualified, experienced, and has a good reputation in the community. They should also be able to communicate effectively with you and provide clear information about the procedure, the risks, and the benefits. It also helps to consider whether they are a private clinic, hospital, or surgical center affiliated. By considering these factors, you can choose a surgeon who can perform the surgery safely and effectively, ensuring a successful outcome. Dr. Alen Cohen at Southern California Sinus Institute is world-renowned in performing septoplasty in Los Angeles and associated nose and sinus procedures with excellent outcomes in an outpatient surgical center and has performed thousands of procedures without complications. Please contact him at 818-888-7878 for a consultation.