Septoplasty

If you are suffering from obstruction on one side of the nose and have no adequate symptom relief, you may have a deviated septum and may need Septoplasty!

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What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical technique to repair a deviated nasal septum. The septum is a divider made out of bone and ligament that partitions your nose into two different nostrils.

A deviated septum happens when the septum is dislocated or moved to the other side of the nose. The vast majority with a deviated septum have one nasal entry that is altogether littler than the other. A deviated septum is the most widely recognized septum deformity, and surgery is the best way to repair it.

Septoplasty corrects the dislocated septum, providing better airflow through the nose. See Figure A & B.

Deviated Septum Illustration

Corrected Septum Illustration

Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.

Preparing for the Procedure

You may be requested to quit taking certain medicines a week preceding your surgery, including headache medicine, ibuprofen, and blood thinners. This will eliminate the danger of bleeding amid the surgery.

Your specialist may take photos of your nose before the surgery. A “before, and after” photo can serve as a helpful indicator of results.

Most people have general anesthesia, which means they are sleeping amid the surgery. Try not to eat or drink anything after 12 pm before your surgery. In the event that you get nauseated from the anesthesia, you won’t vomit.

Ask a relative or companion to drive you home after your septoplasty. General anesthesia may make you drowsy after the methodology.

Septoplasty Procedure

A Septoplasty takes around 60 to 90 minutes to finish.

Your doctor will make an entry point (incision) on one side of your nose to get to the septum. He or she will then lift up the mucous membrane (the defensive covering of the septum). At that point, the specialist will move the deviated septum into the best possible position. Obstructions like additional bits of bone or ligament will be removed. The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane.

Your doctor will place stitches to hold the septum and membrane in place. In certain cases, pressing the nose with cotton is sufficient to hold the structures in place.

Potential Risks of a Septoplasty

Patients who have had a septoplasty could encounter a recurrence of nasal obstruction and additional surgery may be required. Other risks are uncommon but may include:

  • bleeding
  • scarring
  • perforation of the septum
  • altered shape of the nose
  • discoloration of the nose
  • decreased sense of smell

Profuse bleeding and infection are potential risks of any surgery. Maintaining a clean nose and washing your hands on a regular basis can reduce these risks.

Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.

Recovery after Septoplasty

Septoplasty is generally accomplished as an outpatient procedure which means you can go home on the same day after the influence of anesthesia has worn off.

Your nose will likely be swollen, painful, and packed with cotton to stop bleeding. The packing will be taken a day or two after surgery.

Limiting vigorous physical activities will help minimize swelling and promote healing. Your physician will prescribe pain medications in case you need one.

Tips for a Faster Recovery

  • Elevate your head at night to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid blowing your nose.
  • Be careful not to hit your nose while pulling clothing over your head.

While wound healing after surgery can be quite fast, the overall healing process is slow. Cartilage, as well as other nasal tissues, may need as much as a year to settle into their new shape.

You may have adequate symptom relief (better breathing) which will continue to improve as your symptom heals.

Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.

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