When is septoplasty recommended?
It may be required if:
- Blocking of nose and affecting airflow
- Difficulty in breathing
- Feeling of some obstruction
If I don’t want surgery, is there any alternative?
Always the above-mentioned problems do not warrant surgical intervention, there are some alternatives which can be tried
In case of any breathing difficulty because of congestion or due to allergy, then the doctor may prescribe some medications which will relieve the symptoms
But when all the conservative modes of treatment fail to alleviate the breathing difficulty, then you may be advised for septoplasty
What is Septoplasty?
- Septoplasty is usually performing for nasal blockage relief. The enlarged turbinates cause nasal blockage or the bend septum (bone present between the two nostrils) also causes nasal blockage.
- In some other conditions, not specified elsewhere, such as: If you are suffering from sinusitis for long and are not getting any relief, or there is a polyp inside the nasal passage, or there is persistent bleeding from the nose, etc.
- Failure of all other treatment modalities to improve the patient’s condition allows for the surgical decision.
Before the procedure
The physician performs the complete physical examination of the patient. Then the physician collects details about comorbidities and medications that are ongoing. An electrocardiogram and x-ray advised.
The physician discusses anesthesia details with the patient. The physician provides the pre-surgery instructions including fasting for 8 hours and stopping anti-coagulants a few days before the surgery.
There is a mucosa lining that is overlying the bone and the cartilage. The cartilage is lifted initially and then cartilage and the bone in the nasal septum is made straight. After giving shape to the cartilage and bone, the lining is placed in position.
The radiofrequency reduction is done for a nasal blockage due to turbinates. And in few cases, they may be excised.
The success rate of this surgery is very high. The common complaints seen after the surgery are feelings of nausea, dizziness, etc. Some may have pain following the intervention. Postoperative bleeding controlled by nasal packing. The patient breathes from the mouth till the bleeding subsides. This nasal pack removed prior to discharge.
If the patient is not having any problem after the surgery, the patient may be sent home on the same day.
Pain relief is controlled by medications. Instructions regarding home-care will also be provided.
Risks after surgery?
Complications that may be encountered after this procedure include:
- Change in vitals
- Change in color
- Damage to the nasal septum
- Rarely, you may experience change in taste or smell, pain or change in the voice
What you should not do after surgery?
Avoid the following:
- Nose blowing for few days
- Alcohol intake
- Cigarette / cigar / bidi smoking
- Crowded places
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In case of any complication or complaint as mentioned above persists, then immediately contact your surgeon or in case of any other untoward adverse event.