Thomas S. Higgins, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H.
Endoscopic septoplasty for a deviated septum that narrows the airway of the nose has consistently been shown to effectively decrease or eliminate symptoms of nasal obstruction, congestion, and snoring.
Septoplasty may be performed the traditional method with a headlight and the naked eye or the newer precise method using an endoscope for magnified visualization. Dr. Thomas Higgins performs these surgeries endoscopically because he feels the technique allows him to avoid complications and ensure a complete surgery.
Have you heard "horror stories" from your friends about how their surgeon removed miles of uncomfortable packing? Dr. Thomas Higgins does not routinely use nasal packing for these procedures, which dramatically improves comfort during recovery.
What is a deviated septum? What is a septoplasty?
The nasal septum is the structure that divides the nasal passages in the center. It is composed of cartilage and bone with a lining on each side, called mucosa. A deviation of the nasal septum is actually common; however, it does not always cause symptoms. The septum may deviate during development or from trauma. The septum may also become deviated from weakening of the tissues of the nose as we age. A septal spur is a type of septal deviation that is a triangular projection of cartilage or bone that protrudes into the nasal passages. Some have described the septal spur as a potential cause of sinus headaches. When the deviated septum is severe enough to cause obstruction of the nasal passages, surgery may be needed to straighten the septum (called septoplasty). During this procedure, an incision is made inside the nose and the lining is gently elevated off the cartilage and bone. The deviated portions of cartilage and bone are then removed to allow straightening of the septum. The lining is then sutured back together.
Dr. Thomas Higgins performs endoscopic septoplasty on a routine basis for patients who cannot obtain relief with medicines. Practicing in both Kentucky and Indiana, Dr. Higgins' offices are located in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN (near New Albany, IN).
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