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Breathe Easier with Septum Perforation Repair

Woman's Nose After Rhinoplasty

If you experience nasal wheezing, a constant runny nose or feel like something is stuck in your nostrils, you may have a perforated septum. The septum separates the two passages of your nose and is made of cartilage and bone.

A perforated septum is when a hole develops through this nostril division. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person, but usually depends on the size of the hole. While there are many treatment options available, only a qualified surgeon can permanently close the perforation.

Causes of a Perforated Septum

There are many reasons a perforated septum can develop. Infections, trauma and certain drugs increase your risk. Your risk is also elevated if you work with certain chemicals.

You can reduce your risk of a perforated septum by using a dehumidifier, using only saline-based nasal sprays and switching the chemicals compounds you work with. If you cannot switch chemicals, it is important to wear personal protective equipment.

If you already have a perforated septum, saline sprays or antibiotics may be prescribed to you. It is important to speak to your specialist before trying any remedies.

Even though the perforation may make it feel like something is in your nose, do not insert cotton swabs, rolled up tissues or anything else up your nose. It won’t make the feeling go away and you risk making your symptoms worse.

Specialized Septum Perforation Repair

Doctors frequently offer patients a prosthetic button to plug the perforation. While it seals the hole, many buttons require removal for cleaning. It can be a cumbersome task and is not an ideal long-term solution.

Permanently correcting a perforated septum requires very delicate surgery performed by a specialist in Otolaryngology—a doctor who specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery.

Dr. Maurice Khosh is a double board-certified surgeon in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. This means he has the expertise to repair your perforated septum and he can also perform the surgery with more pleasing results.

To discuss a permanent solution to your nasal damage, contact the office of Dr. Khosh today to schedule your evaluation for perforated septum repair.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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