Nasal Breathing Correction

How is obstructed nasal breathing identified?

Breathing through your nose allows warming and moisturization of air before it enters your lungs.  It is a satisfying and comfortable sensation. Often trauma to the nose or deformities that arise before maturity can restrict nasal breathing and cause an obstruction.

Dr. Lipan recently developed a classification system for nasal obstruction that has been published in a prominent medical journal and presented at a national conference. This system is used with patients  in order to determine the severity of their breathing problems. It is based on a quality of life survey and places people into mild, moderate, severe and extreme categories of nasal obstruction. It is a useful tool to explain how patients compare to other people with breathing issues.

The survey asks a patient to rate how much of a problem the following conditions are for them:

1. Nasal congestion or stuffiness
2. Nasal blockage or obstruction
3. Trouble breathing through my nose
4. Trouble sleeping
5. Unable to get enough air through my nose during exercise or exertion

If any of these are a moderate to severe problem, you may have a structural issue in your nose that can be impacting your quality of life. Sometimes medical therapy can help, but Dr. Lipan also offers advanced rhinoplasty techniques to definitively address issues that average ear nose and throat surgeons cannot correct. To see if a nasal obstruction surgery is right for you, please call the center to schedule an appointment.

How is obstructed nasal breathing corrected?

Breathing through your nose is a comfortable, natural way to move air to your lungs. If breathing feels blocked, it can result in a marked decrease in your quality of life. This is manifested in many ways including poor sleep, dry mouth, nasal stuffiness and the inability to get enough air while exercising. Of the multiple causes of poor nasal breathing, Dr. Lipan finds that structural deformities of the nose are some of the most common.

When evaluating people with nasal obstruction, Dr. Lipan uses a very thorough examination to identify all deformities. If a short course of medication fails to improve your symptoms, a surgical option is discussed. Dr. Lipan is an expert in advanced surgery that utilizes the most advanced approaches and techniques which he has learned as a rhinoplasty specialist. This gives people the best chance at significantly improved breathing. A combination of straightening the nasal bones, re-orienting cartilages, and placing grafts and sutures are needed to re-establish an open passage for good nasal airflow. Sometimes utilizing a rib cartilage graft, a technique other surgeons shy away from, is employed to give the nose an open passageway while restoring its strength for a long lasting result.

To track improvement, Dr. Lipan uses a quality of life survey specific for this issue. Classifying your results will help you better understand your problem and can be used to predict anticipated results from surgery.  To see if a nasal obstruction surgery is right for you, please call the center to schedule an appointment.