Dr. Jason S. Hamilton, M.D., Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology/head & neck surgery. Dr. Hamilton specializes in the surgical repair of septal perforations, also known as a perforated septum. He has pioneered new methods and equipment designed specifically for treating patients with septal perforations.
Dr. Hamilton’s unique technique has allowed him to consistently achieve superior results for his patients time and time again. He has one of the highest success rates in the world for closure of septal perforations and as such draws a diverse group of patients from throughout the United States. Dr. Hamilton holds patient quarterly conferences for surgical candidates suffering from septal perforations in: New York, Chicago, Orlando, and Houston, Texas.
Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Osborne discuss the surgical options for a complex septal perforation case.
A septal perforation is a through-and-through hole in the central partition of the nose (nasal septum). Septal perforations are caused by insult or injury to the septum.
The most common causes of septal perforations are prior surgery, abuse of topical nasal sprays, or illicit drug use. A perforation is diagnosed by nasal rhinoscopy.
Dr. Hamilton has designed several treatment plans based on individual patient goals. Dr. Hamilton’s goal is to make the nose functional and the patient symptom free.
Dr. Hamilton is an expert in septal perforation repair with a success rate over 99% for large and small perforations.
Call today to schedule your evaluation.
I’m so grateful that Dr. Hamilton took the time to speak to me when I was so lost as to what to do with my nose. Dr. Hamilton was patient, kind, well informed, and explained everything well enough to make me feel at ease. I flew from NYC not knowing what to expect but trusting that God was leading me into the right hands.
Today I sit here with splints removed, excited and relieved with my nose. What a miracle to see God use doctors like Dr. Hamilton to bring a smile to peoples faces. Thank you to everyone at Osborne Head & Neck for everything. You guys rock!!!J.R.
Septal Perforation Patient Guide
1. Septal Perforation Introduction
What is a septal perforation?
2. Septal Perforation Causes & Symptoms
What causes a septal perforation?
3. Diagnosis & Complications
How is a perforation diagnosed?
Research & Publications
Dr. Hamilton is dedicated to clinical research and outcomes evaluation for patients suffering with septal perforations. As a dedicated scientists he has over 54 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles published in the medical literature. Many of his research papers have focused on the diagnosis and management of otolaryngologic disease including the reconstruction of facial defects caused by head and neck surgical procedures. Dr. Hamilton continues to actively investigate and develop advanced procedures for the treatment of septal perforations.
Becoming Our Patient
Your Septal Perforation Surgery
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.
Contact Us Now For Your Free Phone Consultation
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.
Obtain an Evaluation
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 (310) 657-0123.
Schedule Your Procedure
Once you have decided to proceed, we will reserve your surgery date.
Read, Initial, Sign
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.
Surgery Disclosure Policy
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.
Embassy / Visa Information
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.
Fly in for Surgery
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.
Osborne Head & Neck Institute
8631 West 3rd Street #945E
Los Angeles, CA 90048