The nasal septum is the detachment between the nostrils and is composed of bone and cartilage. The operations of the nasal septum include regulation of air flow and nose support.
Do I Need Septoplasty?
In most cases, the nasal septum is positioned in the center of the inside of the nose so that the airway on either side is equal. However many people suffer from a deviated septum, which means the septum is displaced to the side. This causes a block in the air passage way, thus making it difficult to breath and sometimes contributes to the onset of nosebleeds. In such cases, surgery can be implemented.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum and is performed under general anesthesia. During this procedure, parts of the nasal septum are cut and removed in order to reposition it in the center of the inside of the nose so that equal airways on either side result.
Sepotplasty recovery can take anywhere from two weeks to two months depending on the surgery performed. When recovering from a septoplasty it is important you understand the following recovery advice:
- Avoid breathing from your nose, do your best to only breath in from your mouth
- Do not blow your nose – try to lightly sniff when clearing your nose
- Avoid physical activities
- Do not wear glasses – if possible use contacts
- Do not bend your head down past your heart line
- Take all prescribed medications on schedule
- Do not travel by plane
As with any major surgery, there are risks involved with this procedure. These may include:
- Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
- Change in the shape of your nose
- An opening in the septum (septal perforation)
- Decreased sense of smell
If you experience nasal airway obstruction that significantly affects your daily life, this procedure may be right for you. Call us today to schedule your appointment – clarity is just a phone call away!