What Is A Septoplasty?
The septum is the divider between the right side of the nose and the left side of the nose. It can be significantly bent or crooked causing obstruction of either the left or right side. Septoplasty is a procedure used to correct this crookedness of the septum. With modern techniques this can be corrected with a very small incision endoscopically.
Causes Of A Deviated Septum
Typically the septum is deviated because of some form of trauma. This trauma may occur when the patient was very young and frequently they may have no recollection of this original trauma.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Deviated Septum?
Patients with a deviated septum typically complain of chronic congestion, nasal obstruction, mouth breathing, and snoring. They may also have more frequent sinus infections.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Septum Surgery?
Anyone who is significantly symptomatic from there deviated septum is an excellent candidate. The procedure is simple and safe and can be performed at all ages but typically the procedure is avoided in the very young population until they reach puberty.
Risks Associated With Septoplasty
Fortunately, there is very little risk associated with having a septoplasty. Patient may have some nasal bleeding but this is typically quite mild and self-limited. There is a very small chance that further surgery will be necessary. There is a very small chance of a perforation or a hole in the septum which would cause crusting.
Can Other Procedures Be Performed At The Same Time As A Septoplasty?
Very frequently septoplasty is performed along with balloon sinus dilation and turbinate reduction.
Will I Have Any Visible Scarring After Treatment?
There is a very small incision inside the nose, approximately 3 mm, and no external scarring.
Septum Surgery Recovery
Most patients can return to work the following day. Typically patients can resume normal activity including physical exercise within one week. Patients will typically complain of cold like symptoms lasting approximately five days. The modern technique does not require any packing or splinting and is virtually painless.