Septoplasty AKA Deviated Septum Surgery
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to correct a deviated nasal septum; which is a displaced bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. During this procedure the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the middle of the nose. Believe it or not, nasal obstruction is a fairly common problem, causing patients to have trouble breathing through their nose. This results in patients breathing through their mouths when sleeping, which leads to dry mouth. In most cases these symptoms are worse at night when the patient is lying flat and almost always results in a terrible night’s sleep.
How to Fix a Deviated Nasal Septum
Performing a septoplasty will correct the issue of a deviated nasal septum and allow the patient to breathe freely without any obstructions. During the surgery, the doctor will attempt to straighten the cartilage and bone that have led to the septum being deviated. During the procedure of septoplasty, the lining is first lifted off the cartilage and the bone. When this is done, the cartilage and the bone can then be reshaped. In some cases portions of the cartilage and the bone must be removed. After this is done, the lining is laid back down onto the cartilage and the bone. Septoplasty is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty (nose job).
Septoplasty Splints & Recovery Time
Undergoing a septoplasty entails you being in the operating room under complete anesthesia. The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, making it a simple procedure. This means that you will come in and go home the same day as the surgery. The healing process after a septoplasty often includes splints or packing inside of your nose. Some post-surgery side effects include pain, fatigue, nasal stuffiness and nasal drainage. The pain accompanied with the surgery is generally very mild and does not last long. If you are experiencing nasal blockage, contact Mark Jensen Plastic Surgery for the confidence you deserve!