What Is Septoplasty Surgery?
Septoplasty is the surgical procedure that corrects a deviated nasal septum. When the nasal septum, which is a wall of bone and cartilage that separates the nose into two nostrils, is moved to one side of your nose, the septum is considered to be deviated. With a deviated septum, one nasal passage will be much smaller than the other.
Some people are born with a deviated septum; it can also be caused by traumatic injury to the nose. Most people that suffer from a deviated septum experience difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, and facial pain. A septoplasty straightens the nasal septum to allow better nasal airflow; further, a septoplasty is the only way to straighten a deviated nasal septum.
During A Septoplasty
Depending on the complexity of your condition, a septoplasty can take between 30 and 90 minutes for the surgeon to complete. A septoplasty procedure is almost always performed under general anesthesia.
The procedure begins with an incision on the inside of the nose. Next, the mucous membrane, the septum’s protective cover, is elevated. The nasal septum can now be operated on. The deviated portions of septal cartilage and bone may be removed or repositioned to improve the nasal airway. Upon completion of the surgery, the mucous membrane is replaced over the newly positioned septum.
Recovering after Septoplasty Surgery
A septoplasty procedure is typically an outpatient procedure, so you’ll likely be able to go home on the day of surgery. The doctors at Sinus and Nasal Specialists of Louisiana never use cotton or gauze-based packing during surgery. Post-operative pain can be minimized by using ibuprofen or narcotic pain medications. Soft rubber stents may be placed in the nose to encourage proper healing. These stents are typically removed between 2-7 days following the surgery.
Physical activity, like running, and lifting weights, should be limited during the first postoperative week. This will help to minimize post-operative swelling, bleeding, and discomfort.
To further reduce post-operative discomfort: elevate the head at night and avoid blowing your nose after surgery. Irrigate the nose with nasal saline lavage to remove clots and thick mucus and take pain medications as prescribed.
After A Septoplasty Procedure
Most patients should expect to need a full week for recovery. Today, post-operative pain and discomfort have been reduced via improved surgical technique. Patients should begin to experience the full benefits of the septoplasty procedure about a week after the operation.