Septoplasty / Nasal Airway Surgery
An obstruction in the nasal passageways can lead to many problems such as breathing, sleeping, or cause repeated nasal infections. A septoplasty procedure will correct a crooked septum and remove any obstructions in the interior of the nose. This procedure will improve the overall function of the nose allowing the patient to breathe adequately through both nasal passageways.
Different incision techniques may be used during this procedure, such as: endonasal (incisions are positioned inside the nose) or an open approach (small incisions on the outside of the nose that will heal without scarring). To minimize any discomfort during the procedure patients will undergo general anesthesia. This surgical procedure may take anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to complete.
Areas of Use
A septoplasty is designed to correct any breathing problems that may arise from the internal structures of the nose.
After a septoplasty procedure it will take 7 to 10 days before a patient may return to their normal daily routine. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity; such as running or lifting weights. There will be dressings and splints on the inside and outside of the nose for about a week. Patients may experience some stuffiness of the nose, swelling of the nose and face, sore throat, headaches, nausea, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. Patients will be given oral medications to control the pain, nasal sprays to keep the nose moistened, and antibiotics during healing.
Duration of Effect
The results of a septoplasty procedure may last forever. However results may vary depending on the patient’s skin type and texture. A follow up with a physician and the surgeon should be done yearly.