Dr. Parul Goyal and Dr. Amar Suryadevara recently presented instructional courses on nasal surgery. The two surgeons presented their course, Optimizing Outcomes in Nasal Valve Surgery, to other physicians and surgeons at two national meetings in Orlando, Florida. The courses were presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.
Many patients suffer from chronic nasal congestion. There are many problems in the nose that can cause nasal congestion. Problems that can lead to nasal congestion include a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, and narrow nasal valves. Patients who suffer from chronic problems with nasal congestion sometimes benefit from surgery.
Drs. Goyal and Suryadevara both specialize in nasal surgery. Dr. Goyal is a Rhinologist who focuses on surgery involving the structures inside the nose. Dr. Suryadevara is a Facial Plastic Surgeon who focuses on external nasal reconstruction. The two surgeons frequently work together on patients with complex problems affecting the nose and sinuses. In addition to performing surgery, both doctors teach other physicians about the types of surgery used to treat patients with nasal congestion. The two have also published research studies about surgery to treat nasal valve problems.
The nasal valve is typically the most narrow portion of a patient’s nose. In patients who have chronic congestion, this area can be particularly narrow. In their courses, Drs. Goyal and Suryadevara described how physicians can diagnose and treat patients who have narrow nasal valves. Both doctors point out that the best way to diagnose problems in patients with nasal congestion is to carefully examine the nose. They do that by looking at the shape, size, and strength of the structures on the inside and the outside of the nose. For the inside of the nose, using a tool called an endoscope can be very helpful. After finding the narrow areas, surgeons should target surgery to an individual patient’s problems.