Septoplasty is a surgical procedure is done to fix a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum will occurs with the cartilage and it separates the nostrils out of the position. This can cause breathing problems, nosebleeds, and pain.
The main goal of septoplasty is to correct the alignment of your septum in order to improve airflow through your nose.
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure and it can be done either local or general anesthesia.
The septum is the wall of bone and cartilage that divides your nose into two separate nostrils. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is moved to one side of your nose. Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by an injury to the nose. Most of the people with a deviated septum has one nasal passage that’s much smaller than the other. This can cause difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms of a deviated septum may include frequent nosebleeds and facial pain. Surgery is the only way to fix a deviated septum.
Septoplasty is to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty will straightens the septum, which is allowing for better airflow through the nose.
A septoplasty takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of the condition. In a typical procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on one side of the nose to access the septum. Then it is needed to lift up the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum. Then, the deviated septum will be moved into the right position.
Stiches may uses it to hold the septum and membrane in the place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position.
Potential Risks of a Septoplasty:-
Some of the people needs a second surgery if they are unsatisfied with the results. Other risks that are associated with this septoplasty are very rare, but they can include are as follows:
- Perforation of the septum, happens to a hole forms in the septum
- An altered nose shape
- A discoloration of the nose
- A decreased sense of smell
Excessive bleeding and infection are possible risks of any surgery. Keeping the nose very clean and need to wash the hands frequently then it reduces these risks.
Recovering from a Septoplasty:-
Septoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure unless there will be major complications arise. This means that you’ll be able to go home on the same day as the procedure, once the anesthesia has worn off. Nose will get swollen, painful, and packed by using cotton to control the bleeding. The packing can be removed a day or two after surgery. Doctor will prescribe pain medication as needed.
Tips for a quicker recovery include:
- Elevating your head at night to keep the swelling down
- Not blowing your nose for at least three days after surgery
- Wearing shirts that button up in the front so you won’t have to pull clothing over your head.
The wound on the nose will heal fairly and quickly, the breathing also to improve shortly after the procedure. However, the overall healing process can be slow. Cartilage and other nasal tissues can be take up to a year that to settle into their new shape.