Septoplasty & Nasal Airway Blockage

Septoplasty & Nasal Airway Blockage

Crooked nose, difficulty breathing through the nose, and deviated septum (the thin cartilage and bone divider between your nostrils inside your nose) are common complaints. These issues can be present at birth or related to allergies or nasal trauma. Deformity of the septum or airway blockage that is a functional impairment to the nose may be correctable with surgery.

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What happens during Septoplasty surgery?

Septoplasty is a procedure that involves straightening the nasal septum. The procedure usually requires small incisions that are hidden inside the nose. There are several techniques and approaches, but the goals of septoplasty surgery are to straighten the nasal septum, remove, trim, or straighten cartilage that is out of place, and sometimes straighten the overall appearance of the nose.

Functional nasal surgery such as septoplasty is normally paid for by insurance. Sometimes, septoplasty can be combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty but the cosmetic portion of the procedure is not covered by insurance.

What is involved in Septoplasty recovery?

Nasal surgery is normally done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home the same day. Nasal packing gauze and an external splint are often required after nasal surgery. Bruising of the nose and cheeks, and swelling can occur for around 7 days. Any sutures are removed after 5 days. You will need to take it easy for 2-3 weeks, with activity and lifting restrictions for 4-6 weeks. This procedure has high satisfaction. We strive to get you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible, and breathing easy!

Contact us to learn more about Septoplasty in Bellevue, WA.

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