Will A Septoplasty Improve My Sense Of Smell As Well?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a deviated septum after getting a broken nose. I’ve dealt with this for about 12 years now and am working to becoming a chef and would like the full use of my nose as this would be a great plus for my job in getting my sense of smell back. The only allergy I have that I know of is I am allergic to Lortabs, If you would like to know more about me just ask I would like to know how much this would cost?

A: Septoplasty, the most recognized surgical name/procedure to improve an obstructed nasal airway, is just one aspect of nasal airway improvement. Straightening a deviated septum is often combined with inferior turbinate reductions as well as spreader grafts to the middle vault to open up the internal nasal valve. Whether one or all of these intranasal procedures are needed would depend on an internal nasal examination. What needs to be done will affect the time to do it and the subsequent cost. As a general cost guideline, a ‘septoplasty’ could cost anywhere from $2,500 to $ 4,000. In regards to your sense of smell, there is no guarantee that just because your nasal airway exchange improves that your smell will as well.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana