Cartilage on the side of the nose may weaken and collapse on one or both sides when breathing in. Known as the nasal valve, cartilage may be reinforced by a limited nasal surgery that repositions cartilage. Surgery takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes, with patients ready to return home 2.5 to 3 hours after arrival.
Minor discomfort is expected for the first two days (Pain score: 2/10), but this resolves quickly. Nasal bleeding is common the first day, with localized swelling on the outside and crusting on the inside. The nose will gradually improve over 1 to 2 weeks.
Normal activity can be resumed after one day with no other restrictions. Out of town patients are cleared for travel the next day. No follow up is necessary.
For more information about nasal valve reconstruction and repair, contact Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (877) 959-5087.