Functional Nasal Surgery

Conveniently located to serve Chicago and North Shore

Functional nasal surgery, expertly performed by Dr. John D. Rachel, is a pivotal procedure aimed at improving nasal function, addressing issues such as breathing difficulties, structural abnormalities, or chronic sinusitis. This surgery not only enhances the nasal airway efficiency but also contributes to overall health and well-being by facilitating better breathing, improving sleep quality, and potentially reducing the occurrence of sinus infections. 

By focusing on correcting functional problems within the nasal structure, patients under the care of Dr. Rachel can experience a significant improvement in their daily lives. 

Nasal Conditions Commonly Corrected

Nasal Valve Collapse: This condition involves the weakening or narrowing of the nasal valve area, leading to significant airflow restriction. It often results from trauma, previous surgeries, or congenital structural weaknesses, causing difficulty in breathing through the nose.

Septal Deviation: Septal deviation occurs when the nasal septum, the structure dividing the nasal cavity into two nostrils, is displaced or bent, obstructing airflow and causing breathing difficulties, congestion, and recurrent sinus issues.

Turbinate Hypertrophy: This refers to the enlargement of the turbinates, structures within the nasal passage that warm and moisten the air we breathe, leading to nasal obstruction and chronic congestion.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: Dysfunction of the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the nose, prevents proper opening and closing, causing symptoms like ear fullness, discomfort, and reduced hearing.

FAQs about Functional Nasal Surgery

  1. What is functional nasal surgery?

Functional nasal surgery refers to a range of surgical procedures aimed at improving the function of the nose, primarily to enhance breathing. It addresses structural issues such as deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse.

  1. Who is a candidate for functional nasal surgery?

Candidates for functional nasal surgery include individuals experiencing chronic nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose, recurrent sinus infections, or those who have suffered nasal trauma that affects nasal function.

  1. How is functional nasal surgery performed?

The specific technique used by Dr. Rachel in functional nasal surgery depends on the underlying issue. Common procedures include septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, turbinectomy or turbinoplasty to reduce the size of the turbinates, and nasal valve repair to address collapse or weakness in the nasal valve area.

  1. What can I expect during the recovery period?

Recovery varies based on the specific procedure performed but generally involves some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the initial days. Most patients can return to normal activities within a week, with full recovery taking a few weeks to several months.

  1. How long do the results of functional nasal surgery last?

The results of functional nasal surgery are typically long-lasting. Structural corrections made during the surgery are permanent, although it’s important to note that this does not prevent the development of new nasal issues in the future.

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For individuals in Chicago seeking to enhance their nasal function and overall quality of life, Dr. John D. Rachel and our dedicated team are here to guide you through the process of functional nasal surgery. With a commitment to delivering personalized care and utilizing advanced surgical techniques, we are dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes that cater to your specific needs. Contact us to discover how functional nasal surgery can benefit you and to schedule a consultation with our experts in Chicago.

Your Functional Nasal Surgery will be performed in Dr. John D. Rachel's surgery center located in North Shore.

This review is regarding a functional surgery done by Dr. Rachel. Bev is spot on about Dr. Rachel. Working through much fear and hesitation I went through with the surgery. It went as good as it could possibly go and has improved my quality of life significantly. After the surgery Dr. Rachel and the medical staff have always been there to answer any questions or concerns I had and ease my anxiety. I would recommend this practice as my experience has been great!

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