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Nasal Obstruction Surgery


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Obstruction (blockage) in the nose and sinus cavity may cause sleep-disordered breathing, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Nasal surgery opens the airways and improves breathing while you sleep.

There are different causes for nasal obstruction, including structural and inflammatory conditions that can happen at the same time. Types of nasal surgery include:

  • Turbinate reduction: reduces enlarged turbinates (called turbinate hypertrophy), or bony structures
  • Septoplasty: corrects problems in the bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils
  • Septorhinoplasty: combines septoplasty with rhinoplasty, a procedure that corrects structural problems in the nose
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery: image-guided techniques that remove blockages in the sinus cavity

Visit with a sleep medicine specialist at the University of Miami Health System to find out if nasal surgery is right for you.

Why Choose UHealth?

Experienced pediatric and adult sleep surgeons. You can be confident your surgery is performed by board-certified pediatric or adult sleep medicine surgeons. Whatever the procedure, you receive the right care for the best possible outcomes.

Innovative minimally invasive nasal surgeries for sleep disorders. We always choose the least invasive techniques to effectively treat your specific condition, which means a quicker recovery time. Our sleep surgeons offer the most advanced and innovative minimally invasive procedures like image-guided balloon sinuplasty for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Combined surgeries to make life easier for you. We understand the various causes of sleep-disordered breathing problems and perform procedures at the same time whenever possible. Some nasal procedures can be combined, as in turbinate reduction with septoplasty, or performed with other techniques for obstruction in different levels of the airway system, such as hypopharyngeal surgery and maxillomandibular advancement.

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Who is a Candidate?

Nasal surgery may be an option when other therapies have failed, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral devices, or medicines. Candidates for nasal surgery have sleep-disordered breathing problems, caused by:

  • Turbinate hypertrophy: enlarged turbinates, or bony structures, inside the nose that filter and add moisture to air
  • Deviated septum: crooked bone and cartilage between the nostrils caused by injury or congenital (present at birth) defect
  • Nasal deformities: twisted nose or nasal valve prolapse (out of place)
  • Polyps: growths in the mucous membranes inside the nose or sinus cavity
  • Chronic sinusitis: infection or inflammation of the sinus cavity caused by blocked sinuses

Nasal surgery is also an option when continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for another cause of obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t work because of nasal blockage.

What to Expect

Turbinate Reduction Surgery

Reduction surgery for turbinate hypertrophy improves breathing by removing the blockage and restoring its function to clean and humidify the air. It can also reduce mucus drainage from the nose and in the back of the throat.

This type of nasal surgery involves different techniques. Some are performed in an office setting. Others are combined with another procedure as an outpatient surgery (no overnight hospital stay). Recovery can take a day or two.


Septoplasty surgery improves airflow by correcting a deviated septum that causes narrowing and restricts breathing. During the procedure, the surgeon will:

  • Make a small incision on the side of the nose to access the septum
  • Lift the mucous membrane cover
  • Straighten and reposition the cartilage and bone
  • Move or remove extra pieces of bone or cartilage, if needed
  • Reposition the mucous membrane

Septoplasty is an outpatient surgery (no overnight hospital stay) and lasts about an hour. Recovery can take a few days.


Septorhinoplasty combines septoplasty to correct a deviated septum with rhinoplasty to reshape the structure of the nose for better airflow. Various minimally invasive and open techniques can:

  • Straighten a twisted nose
  • Change nasal bridge width and height
  • Increase nasal base width
  • Increase nasal projection
  • Buildup or remove extra cartilage

Septorhinoplasty is typically an outpatient surgical procedure (no overnight hospital stay). It takes one week to recover, with bruising and swelling resolved within four weeks.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Image-guided endoscopic sinus surgery expands the sinus passages and removes blockages in the sinus openings, including polyps or pieces of bone. Using CT (computed tomography) imaging as a guide, endoscopic procedures involve inserting a small tube with a light at the end in the nose.

The surgeon passes small tools through the tube to perform various procedures, such as laser energy to burn away infected or damaged tissue or balloons to open the sinus passages (balloon sinuplasty).

Endoscopic sinus surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure (no overnight hospital stay). Recovery takes about a week.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care