Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct a deviated nasal septum, which is a common condition that affects many people. Septoplasty is a safe and effective procedure that can improve nasal breathing and quality of life.
The surgery is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. The extent and location of the deviation can vary from person to person, and the surgeon takes these factors into account when planning the surgery.
Another challenge is the delicate nature of the nasal structures. The nasal septum is made up of bone and cartilage, which are very sensitive and can be easily damaged during surgery.
For these reasons, it is crucial to seek out a skilled and an experienced ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon to assess the patient’s condition and determine the best course of action. They will also have the knowledge and skills to perform the complex surgery with precision, minimizing the risk of complications and ensuring long-term relief from symptoms.
How is Septoplasty performed?
Septoplasty usually takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case.
During the procedure, the surgeon removes or repositions the deviated septum to improve the airflow through the nasal passages. Once the septum has been straightened, the mucous membrane incision is replaced and stitched back into place. The stitches are usually dissolvable and do not need to be removed.
After septoplasty, the patient will be monitored for a few hours in a recovery room to ensure there are no complications. The patient will then be discharged with specific instructions on how to care for the nose and manage pain and swelling.
Patients may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding for the first few days after surgery. They may also experience congestion and a feeling of stuffiness in the nose.
Patients should avoid blowing their nose for at least a week after surgery to allow the nose to heal properly.
Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week after surgery, but it may take several months for the nose to fully heal and for the breathing to improve.
Risks and complications
Septoplasty is generally a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These include:
- Perforation of the septum
- Changes in the shape of the nose
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Anaesthesia complications
Septoplasty is a safe and effective surgical procedure, while there are potential risks and complications, choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can help minimize these risks.