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How to prepare for a septoplasty

If you decide you want to permanently fix your deviated septum with surgery, you will need to schedule an initial consultation at SFENTA. During that appointment, your physician will collect your medical history, order tests and perform a full physical examination. He or she will also take detailed photographs of the nose from different angles and discuss the specifics and possible outcomes of the procedure.

Prior to your surgery, you will need to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen and other blood thinners for at least two weeks to minimize your risk of bleeding. Because general anesthesia will be used, you won’t be able to eat or drink right before your operation and a family member or friend will need to drive you to and from the surgery location.

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What to expect during your procedure

Your septoplasty will last between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the severity and complexity of your case. The procedure will begin with your Miami doctor making a tiny incision completely hidden within the nose. In some cases, a cut in the nasal bones and an external incision in between the nostrils may also be necessary. Through those openings, he or she will trim and reposition the cartilage and bone to fix the deviation and deliver lasting relief from your symptoms. Many SFENTA patients choose to also have a rhinoplasty procedure to reshape their nose so that it’s more aesthetically pleasing. In these cases, your doctor will modify the bone and cartilage to achieve a smaller, straighter and/or more proportionate nasal structure.

Once the septum is properly aligned and your nose has been reshaped, the incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures. From there, soft splints and bandages will be placed inside each nostril to support the area as it heals and prevent postoperative bleeding. You will then be moved to the recovery room where you will be closely monitored.

Recovery + Results

Because the septoplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, you will be free to return home the very same day to begin the healing process. As you recover, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity, blowing your nose and irritating the area. In addition, your head will need to be elevated at all times, even when sleeping. After surgery, most patients experience substantial relief from their breathing challenges, congestion, nosebleeds, sinus infections and more.

Are septoplasty results permanent?

Most SFENTA patients experience no ongoing symptoms after their septoplasty. However, even if the procedure was performed perfectly, the septum may still shift over time. When this occurs, a revision septoplasty may be necessary to move the septum back into place and relieve symptoms once again.

What are the risks?

When performed by a board-certified ear, nose and throat Miami physician, major septoplasty complications are rare. However, there are risks with all surgeries. With septoplasty, these risks include:

  • The need for a revision
  • Excessive bleeding or scarring
  • A distorted or altered nose shape
  • A decreased sense of smell
  • A perforation or hole in the septum

If any of these complications occur after surgery, a second procedure may be necessary to resolve the issue.

Do you need Surgery?

It’s very common to have some deviation of the septum. As such, simply having an abnormality does not necessarily mean you require surgery. In general, SFENTA physicians will recommend a septoplasty if your deviated septum is causing symptoms that are negatively impacting your quality of life. If you suffer from any of the following, you may want to consider the procedure:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Disturbed sleep due to discomfort
  • A feeling of pressure in the nasal passages
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Recurring sinus infections

Alternative treatments

Before recommending surgery, your SFENTA physician may suggest alternative treatment approaches to improve your quality of life. For example, a decongestant pill or nasal spray may be prescribed to minimize nasal tissue swelling and keep the airways open. However, this isn’t considered a long-term solution because frequent use can create a dependency and a worsening of symptoms. Antihistamines can treat allergy symptoms and relieve a runny nose, but they often cause drowsiness. And finally, prescription nasal steroid sprays can reduce inflammation in the nose, which can help with drainage.

All of these alternative treatments are effective in managing the symptoms of a deviated septum, but they won’t fix the underlying issue. The only way to permanently address the structural problem is with a septoplasty.

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SFENTA physicians have performed countless successful septoplasty procedures for satisfied patients in Miami and throughout Florida. Contact your local office today to schedule an initial consultation and begin planning for your surgery.

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