A septal perforation is a hole within the nasal septum, the wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nasal cavities. The septum helps to support the nose and regulate air flow. Small perforations may not impair nasal function and can often be treated by rinsing with saline solutions. Larger holes may bleed, crust, whistle, and impair nasal airflow; these frequently require surgical repair to restore the normal function of the nasal airway and to relieve symptoms.
Treatment of a septal perforation depends on the size and location of the hole. Dr. Losquadro repairs perforations using the remaining nasal lining via an open rhinoplasty approach. Rhinoplasty can be performed at the same time if desired.