A septoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure that is performed to improve nasal airflow by relieving nasal obstruction. The surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other sino-nasal procedures: turbinoplasty, sinus surgery, nasal valve repair, rhinoplasty, etc. The goal of a septoplasty is to improve the nasal airway by eliminating nasal blockage due to a deviated, or bent, nasal septum.
What is the nasal septum?
The nasal septum is a wall that separates the left and right nasal airways. Ideally, the nasal septum should be straight, but that is often not the case. The nasal septum may become deviated through trauma, or it may occur naturally during facial development.
The nasal septum is around 6-7 cm in length from the front of the nose to the back and 4-5 cm in height from the nasal floor to the nasal roof. The septum is comprised of bone in the posterior 2/3 and cartilage in the anterior 1/3. Most septal deviations are due to deviations in the bony or posterior portion of the septum. For the best results the surgeon should be able to operate on the entire nasal septum, particularly the bony portion. This is best accomplished through the use of a nasal endoscope and camera, aiding with visualization deep into the nasal cavity.
What is a septoplasty?
A septoplasty may take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. There are no visible incisions, and there is no change in the appearance of the patient’s nose. Further, patients do not have black eyes or other signs of trauma during the recovery period. Soft silicone rubber stents are often placed in the nasal cavity immediately following surgery. These stents help to optimize tissue healing and prevent formation of scar tissue and hematoma. The stents are typically removed about 1 week later.
Patients typically experience nasal blockage and facial pressure during the first post-operative week. Following removal of the intra-nasal stents, one week after surgery, patients typically feel very good and can experience the benefit of the surgery. Patients are typically free to resume full activity without restriction two weeks following the surgery.
The fellowship trained Rhinologists at Sinus and Nasal Specialists of Louisiana, Dr. Henry P. Barham and Christian A. Hall, have advanced training in the treatment of nasal obstruction and performance of Septoplasty. To fully examine, access, and treat the entire nasal septum, Drs. Barham and Hall use nasal endoscopy during every Septoplasty that they perform. If you or someone you know suffers with nasal obstruction, has a deviated septum, or is interested in learning more about Septoplasty, please call us at 225-819-1181 for an appointment. We would love the opportunity to help you.