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  • 3 chapters on Revision Rhinoplasty written by Russell W.H. Kridel, MD

  • Septal Perforation Presentation and Reconstruction, Ch. 28 written by Russell W.H. Kridel, MD

  • Long Term Follow-Up of Cartilage Grafts in Nose" written by Russell W.H. Kridel

  • Dr. Kridel named as a Super Doctor in Texas Monthly Magazine

  • Considerations in etiology, treatment, and repair of spetal perforations

  • The Management of Alar Columellar Disproportion in Revision Rhinoplasty

  • Rodeo Rhinoplasty Houston Texas 2010

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Septal Perforation

Septal perforation is a very complex problem. It can occur as a result of previous nasal surgery, or as a result of a nasal fracture or other trauma, steroid nasal sprays and many other causes. When a septal perforation is present, a patient can have any number of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms that make your daily life more challenging. Repairing a septal perforation is also very complex. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kridel has developed innovative surgical techniques that have made him a recognized leader in this field. He has published over 20 medical journal articles on septal perforations. Patients come from all around the world for consultation and surgery with Dr. Kridel.

What is a septal perforation?

A septal perforation is a hole known as a 'perforation' in the nasal septum --- the tissue that separates the nostrils. A perforation in the nasal septum is not just a one-layered hole. It is a hole in the cartilaginous and/or bony portion of the septum that separates your nose into two distinct sides, as well as a hole in both membranes that cover the septum.

The drawing to the right is an example of a perforation of the nasal septum. Unrepaired perforations can get larger, cause whistling, crusting, nasal obstruction, and bleeding and may be chronically infected. Some Perforations can cause collapse of the external nose.

When a perforation is present, such symptoms may be noticed as:

  • frequent crusting
  • bleeding
  • whistling while breathing
  • nasal obstruction
  • and rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Dr. Russell Kridel has a vast range of experience in facial plastic surgery that has made him a sought-after speaker at medical meetings and courses worldwide.
  • Dr. Kridel has written over 20 articles on septal perforations and has given an annual course with David Fairbanks, MD for over 10 years.
  • Dr. Kridel was the recipient of the F. Mark Rafaty Award, one of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPRS) highest awards for Excellence in Facial Plastic Surgery

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