Dr. Leatherman is a nationally recognized leader in the management of allergic disorders affecting the nose, sinuses, and eyes. He regularly teaches at national allergy meeting venues, participates in sinus and allergy related research, and has served on the leadership / Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy for 12 years. Dr. Leatherman brings his enthusiasm for staying on the cutting edge of sinus and allergy disorder management to his patients at the Coastal Sinus and Allergy Center in Gulfport, MS.
If medications don't work to help ease symptoms, Dr. Leatherman can perform a procedure called a septoplasty.
Septoplasty, or septal reconstruction, is a procedure meant to straighten the deviated cartilage within the septum. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 25 - 45 minutes. Septoplasty is performed entirely through the nose, and leave no external scars or brusing after the surgery.
Patients generally need to remain home from work for five to seven days after the surgery. For patients who work from home or do mostly desk work, it is normal to return to work within three or four days.
Patients usually notice a significant improvement in their breathing after surgery. Symptoms such as snoring, chronic nosebleeds, and headaches are significantly reduced.