The burden of nasal congestion plagues everyone at some point in their lifetime.
For many, it’s something that comes and goes with a seasonal cold. However, for others, it’s a constant issue that causes pain, breathing issues and infection.
If you’re one of the latter, you might benefit from septoplasty.
In this post, we’ll tell you what it involves and how it can help you.
Our Guide to Septoplasty
Here’s how this simple procedure can change your life.
Septoplasty is usually performed to correct medical issues that arise as a result of a deviated septum.
This can include frequent sinus infections, nasal congestion, nosebleeds and breathing problems.
If you’re a snorer, this surgery could benefit you, too. It allows more are to pass through your nasal passage, helping you breathe easier at night. This can be a relief to both you and your loved ones.
How It Works
During the procedure, the septum is aligned.
The surgeon works through the nostrils, carefully making a small incision of the inner lining of the nose. The lining is lifted away to expose the septum, and an incision is made in the deviated area.
The deviated part is removed in order to make the septum as straight as possible. After that, small plastic inserts or splints may be used to hold everything in place. These are usually removed around 7-10 days after surgery is performed.
The procedure is sometimes performers under general anesthesia, but local anesthetic can also be used. Talk to your doctor about your preferences, and see what they can do for you.
How to Prepare for Surgery
Most doctors will recommend that you stop taking certain medications 1-2 weeks before your surgery.
This generally includes Aspirin and Warfarin, as they act as blood thinners. Taking these medications too close to surgery can result in excessive bleeding and cause complications during the procedure.
It’s also advised that you don’t drink or eat anything after midnight the day before your surgery. Otherwise, you may become nauseated by the anesthetic and vomit or choke.
The recovery period for this procedure is very short.
Some swelling, bruising and pain usually occurs. However, this occurs inside the nose, so is usually not visible. Cotton gauze is often used to pack the area, and this can be removed within 1-2 days after the procedure.
Septoplasty won’t interfere with your life very much at all. In fact, many patients find themselves able to return to non-strenuous activities as soon as one day after surgery.
You may not be able to go back to work immediately, but most patients are able to do so within a week.
To avoid accidentally bumping the nose, it’s recommended to avoid any clothes that need to be pulled over your head. Wear button-up shirts until you’re fully recovered.
Is It Right for Me?
If it sounds like this procedure is right for you, the next step is to contact medical professionals.
At the Sinus Center of Atlanta, our dedicated team of specialists have years of experience in treating ear, nose and throat problems. We’ll help you find out if you’re a candidate for septoplasty.
You can start by taking our sinus symptom evaluation quiz.