Septoplasty is the surgical correction of a deviated septum. A deviated septum, which is the displacement of the cartilage or bone that separates the nostrils, requires surgical intervention to straighten the passages so they are centered between the nostrils. This opens up the nasal cavities to make breathing easier.
Septoplasty for healthy breathing
A 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 nasal septum or airway blockage that is a functional impairment to the nose is correctable with surgery.
Am I a candidate for septoplasty?
Ideal candidates for septoplasty are those that having difficulty with sleep apnea or other issues associated with having a deviated septum. Candidates are:
- Experiencing the symptoms of a deviated septum
- Are in good overall health
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for septoplasty then schedule a consultation with us at Flugstad Plastic Surgery.
What should I expect during my consultation?
During your consultation your medical history will be examined, and a scope will be used to determine the extent of the deviation of your nasal septum. You will also discuss:
- Your goals for the surgery
- Whether or not septoplasty is right for you
- The method that would be used to correct the deviated septum
- Potential risks and outcomes
What happens during septoplasty surgery?
Septoplasty is a procedure that involves straightening the nasal septum. The procedure usually requires small incisions that are hidden within the nose. Sometimes a small incision on the lower part of the nose between the nostrils (columella) is required. There are several techniques and approaches, but the goals of septoplasty surgery are to straighten the nasal septum, 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 often but not always 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 continues for about a week in most cases.
Any sutures are removed after several days. You will need to take it easy for a few weeks, with activity and lifting restrictions for a month or more, based upon your individual rate of healing. This procedure has a high rate of satisfaction. We strive to get you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible, with ease of breathing and a healthier, happier life ahead.