The septoplasty procedure lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the severity and complexity of your deviated septum. It may be performed under general or local anesthesia. Your doctor will begin by making a small incision hidden within the nose. Through that opening, he or she will trim, reposition and/or replace the problematic cartilage and bone. In some cases, cuts may be required in between the nostrils or in the nasal bones if they are crooked and contributing to your condition.
Once your septum is properly aligned, your doctor will close the incisions with absorbable sutures and insert soft splints inside each nostril to support the area as it heals. Bandages may also be placed to control postoperative bleeding. You will then be moved to the recovery room where you will be closely monitored.
Septoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. As such, you will be free to return home the very same day to begin the healing process. To prevent bleeding, swelling and other complications, you will be advised to avoid strenuous activities, blowing your nose and wearing clothes that you must pull over your head. In addition, you’ll need to elevate your head at all times, even when sleeping.
When performed by a seasoned ENT surgeon, the septoplasty procedure tends to result in significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life. Our patients report high levels of satisfaction after their operation, along with substantial relief from breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, nosebleeds and sinus infections.
Individual results will vary depending on the severity of your deviation. In addition, the septum may continue to shift over time. When this occurs, some patients find that they require a revision septoplasty to realign the septum and relieve their symptoms once again.
It’s very common to have some deviation of the septum. As such, not all instances require surgery. In general, SPECTRA physicians will only recommend surgery if the deviated septum is severe and contributes to significant symptoms, such as difficulty breathing through the nose, bleeding and more.
The nasal septum is the thin wall between the nasal passages. When it’s displaced to one side, it’s referred to as deviated. In some cases, the deviation is so mild that it doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms. However, when it is severe it can block one side of your nose and minimize airflow. This can cause breathing difficulties and may increase dryness on the other side of the nose, which can contribute to crusting and nosebleeds.
SFENTA physicians have performed countless successful septoplasty procedures for satisfied patients throughout Florida. Contact your local office today to schedule an initial consultation and begin planning for your treatment.
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