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We found 4 providers matching deviated septum surgery near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Hrair A Koutnouyan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: anti-aging, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Koutnouyan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Problems, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Skin Cancer, Acid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,456
  • Medicare Cost: $344
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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite #809
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Christina McAlpin, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. McAlpin's clinical interests include salivary gland problems, sleep apnea, and sinus problems. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McAlpin is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Salivary Gland Problems, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale H Rice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1450 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Dale Rice is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rice include sinus problems and head and neck cancer. Dr. Rice is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rice takes. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,210
  • Medicare Cost: $389
Dr. Bozena B Wrobel, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Bozena Wrobel is an ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Dr. Wrobel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Polish and Russian. Her areas of expertise include the following: immunotherapy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and enlarged turbinates. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. She studied medicine at Medical University of Warsaw. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Wrobel is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Enlarged Turbinates, Deviated Septum, Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy, Immunotherapy, Sinus ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,210
  • Medicare Cost: $459

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What is Deviated Septum Surgery?

The septum is the piece of cartilage that separates the nostrils and provides structure for the nose. In some people, the septum becomes crooked or enlarged on one side. When this happens, air does not flow equally between the nostrils, which can lead to breathing problems and other issues. Deviated septum surgery is a procedure to reposition the septum and correct any airflow issues.

The septum is surprisingly fragile, and having a crooked or deviated septum is very common. It most often occurs at birth or after an injury, which can push the septum out of place or simply injure one side of it. As the septum heals, it tends to bulge on the side where it was injured. A deviation tends to get worse over time, so even mild childhood injuries that originally presented no problems can result in airflow issues years or decades later.

Symptoms of a deviated septum can include:

  • Nasal congestion and post-nasal drip
  • Pain
  • Recurrent nosebleeds
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • An uncomfortable blocked feeling in the nose
  • Snoring or sleep apnea

There are different types of surgery used to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty straightens and centers the septum, removing tissue only if it is necessary to make space for the repositioned septum. Submucosal resection or SMR removes part of the septum to open up the airways. It is called submucosal because the mucous lining of the nose is carefully left in place, which helps keep the nose moist and protected. Deviated septum surgery is sometimes done along with other nasal surgeries, such as a turbinate reduction to remove inflamed turbinate tissue, or a rhinoplasty to correct structural problems in the nose.

Depending on what type of surgery was performed, you can expect the procedure to take one to two hours. It is almost always performed through the nostrils, so there will be no scars. After surgery, you may experience congestion as the septum heals, but it is important not to blow your nose. You may have drainage or bandages, and sometimes you need to keep your head elevated for a few days. Recovery is fairly quick, and you should be breathing easier within one to two weeks.