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Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty is defined as surgery of the external nasal bones or cartilages for the purpose of improving nasal breathing that is due to anatomic deficits. Usually, functional rhinoplasty and septoplasty are considered medically necessary by insurance companies and will be covered procedures when certain specific criteria are met.

Functional Rhinoplasty is essentially corrective nasal surgery to improve a person’s breathing.

Obstructed nasal breathing has a significant negative impact on quality of life. Patients often complain of being tired and lethargic. The main structural abnormalities include a deviated nasal septum, weak or collapsed nasal cartilages, or asymmetric nasal bones. Sometimes patients have a combination of these factors, which all contribute to the severity of the breathing obstruction. Corrective functional rhinoplasty can effectively treat all forms of structural airway problems.

An evaluation of a patients’s inner nose is necessary to determine if there is airway obstruction, and if so, what is causing it. During the consultation, Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate your medical history and examine your nose, followed by providing his recommendation for correction of any issues his finds present. He will also explain the surgical process, risks associated with surgery, and what to expect during the healing process.

If you have health insurance, make sure you talk to your provider to find out what is covered under the scope of functional rhinoplasty. Please also discuss with Dr. Hurvitz or his staff to find out if your surgery qualifies for insurance coverage. Health insurance typically does not pay for procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons, there must be a medical need for the surgery.