As a patient considering septal reconstruction for a septal perforation, researching and finding the right surgeon to perform your septal perforation repair can be a very anxious and frustrating period. It is difficult to find a surgeon who regularly performs this procedure and has high success rates. Remember, most physicians rarely if ever perform surgery for septal perforations. Even less have great success rates. We believe it is always in your best interest to get a second opinion. There is no substitute for focus and experience. Dr. Hamilton has extensive experience repairing septal perforations and has a success rate of over 99% for small and large perforations. We understand that it is often inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive for patients to fly to our Los Angeles office for a consultation, and then fly back again a few weeks later for surgery. We have designed a program to facilitate your experience that will allow you to determine the best options available to you from the comfort of your home.
The first step is to call or e-mail our patient care consultant, and request a preliminary Phone or In-Office Consultation with Dr. Hamilton regarding your septal perforation.
Please provide clear, recent close-up full-face photos portrait, profile, oblique, and nasal base. Photos should clearly show the area of concern (nose) and can be sent by mail or e-mailed (preferred). This is especially important for patient who have had previous rhinoplasty and or have a cosmetic deformity.
Dr. Hamilton will review your history, physical exam findings, all reports, films and photographs before your consultation. It is very important that we have all your information prior to your consultation. This is especially important in revision rhinoplasty cases associated with septal perforation. We may also ask you to send CT scan results of the septum/nose/sinuses via compact disc to our office. If you have not had a CT scan we ask that you have one completed before your consultation. If you are an out of town patient we can help facilitate you receiving a scan in your home state. If you are having difficulty obtaining your records from your prior surgeon or institution contacts us and we can facilitate and/or expedite the process for you. We will need you to sign a release of medical records to our office prior to us contacting your physician or hospital. After reviewing all your information Dr. Hamilton will then discuss all your surgical options including any adjunctive procedures. Together you will come up with a customized treatment plan. Finally, our Patient Care Consultant who will discuss pre-operative care, costs, recovery, local accommodations and any questions related to your procedure(s), will then contact you.
Our patient care coordinator will provide you with the specific forms you need to fill out before your visit. For more information, please contact our patient coordinator at (323)-363-6653.
Once you have decided to proceed, we will reserve your surgery date.
Shortly after your surgery is scheduled, you will receive a packet in the mail containing pre-operative instructions and procedure consents. These documents must be read carefully and all instructions followed closely. All contents must be signed and initialed. The entire pre-operative packet must be brought with you to your pre-operative office visit. If you have any questions at this time, please do not hesitate to call or email the office for clarification.
At the Osborne Head & Neck Institute, all of our board certified physicians perform all surgeries from start to finish. Although we conducted clinical research studies and contribute a significant amount to journals and publications we are not a surgical-training center. This simply means that, Dr. Hamilton, a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performs ever aspect of your surgery beginning to end. We do not allow residents, fellows, or other trainees to perform any portion of your surgery.
For travel outside the U.S. please contact your perspective Bureau of Consular Affairs for assistance on obtaining a travel visa. Please allow ample time approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your procedure for paperwork to be processed by the U.S. State Department and your government consulate. Please call if you need assistance with this process or click the link here: Travel.State.gov.
Our local international airport is LAX. We are located approximately 20 minutes from LAX. You MUST arrive one to two days prior to your surgery date. At a designated time during this period you will meet with the doctor(s) and have an in-depth consultation discussing all procedures. All consents should be signed and dated for the pre operative appointment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail our office. Nearby airports:
Travel Stipend Available*
*A travel stipend is provided to assist patients from out of town. Travel stipends assist out of town patients with ancillary costs directly associated with their surgery. Stipends may cover part or all of the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and/or lodging, and are available only to surgical patients. Travel stipends are granted by a committee on a rolling basis. Resources are limited annually. Please ask Noelia Fedi (surgical coordinator) if you would like to be considered.
*Stipends provided through a generous grant by the Division of Head and Neck Oncology (OHNI). Administered by the Osborne Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
We advise all patients that fly-in for surgery to spend at least the first night after their procedure in a local hotel or after-care facility, thus ensuring convenience for any required medical attention. In the days that follow we will see you post-operatively and, depending upon the procedures that have been performed, you may return home within after 5-7 days after arrival in Los Angeles. In the event that you require any medical attention after returning home, we will refer you to a local physician for a check-up. Your health and safety remain our number one priority. We look forward to meeting you and assisting in your care.