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Septoplasty

If you’re experiencing persistent obstruction in one nostril without relief, it could be due to a deviated septum. Septoplasty may be the solution you need!

Overview

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 smaller 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

Septoplasty can significantly improve nasal airflow and alleviate symptoms related to a deviated septum.

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 noon 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

During a Septoplasty procedure, which typically lasts between 60 to 90 minutes, your surgeon will follow these general steps:

  1. Anesthesia: You will be given either local or general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
  2. Incision: Your surgeon will make an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum.
  3. Mucous Membrane Elevation: The surgeon will lift the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum, to expose the deviated septum.
  4. Septum Repositioning: The deviated septum will be carefully repositioned into the correct alignment. In some cases, small portions of the septum may be removed or reshaped to achieve the desired result.
  5. Obstruction Removal: Any obstructions, such as excess bone or cartilage, will be removed to improve nasal airflow.
  6. Mucous Membrane Repositioning: After the septum is repositioned, the mucous membrane will be repositioned over the septum and secured in place.
  7. Closing the Incision: Your surgeon will close the incision with dissolvable stitches or nasal packing, depending on the case. In some cases, external splints may be used to support the nose as it heals.
  8. Postoperative Care: You will receive instructions on how to care for your nose after surgery, including how to manage any discomfort, nasal congestion, and how to clean your nose. Follow-up appointments will also be scheduled to monitor your recovery.

It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results from the Septoplasty procedure.

Potential Risks

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.

Recovery

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

After undergoing septoplasty, it’s important to follow these tips for a faster and smoother recovery:

  1. Elevate Your Head: Keep your head elevated, especially while sleeping, to reduce swelling and promote drainage.

  2. Avoid Blowing Your Nose: Blowing your nose can increase swelling and disrupt the healing process. If you need to clear your nose, do so gently by sniffing or using a saline nasal spray.

  3. Be Gentle: Avoid any activities that could accidentally bump or put pressure on your nose, such as pulling clothing over your head.

  4. Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions: Take any medications prescribed by your doctor as directed and attend all follow-up appointments.

  5. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to keep your nasal passages moist and help prevent crusting.

  6. Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least a few weeks to allow your body to heal properly.

  7. Be Patient: While the initial wound healing may be quick, the overall healing process is gradual. It may take several months for your nasal tissues to fully settle into their new shape.

  8. Monitor Your Symptoms: Keep track of your symptoms and report any unusual or concerning changes to your doctor.

  9. Follow a Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients can support your body’s healing process.

  10. Practice Good Hygiene: Keep your nasal passages clean by gently blowing your nose or using a saline nasal spray as recommended by your doctor.

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