Did you know that up to 80% of the population has a deviated septum? Do you have trouble breathing through your nose and are finally looking for relief?
This article will pinpoint what exactly a septoplasty is and how it can help you breathe easier. Read on to discover this beneficial surgery for a better future in breathing and sinus relief.
What Is a Septoplasty?
A septoplasty is a surgery that treats nasal blockage(deviated septum). Your septum is made of bone and cartilage located in the center of your nose. If your septum is deviated, it can cause a blockage in one or both of your nostrils.
This procedure will alleviate the blockage essentially opening the airway. A deviated septum can be caused by an injury or birth defect. It’s performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure.
What Are the Turbinates?
Your nasal turbinates are curly and long narrow bone structures. They extend into your breathing pathway inside your nostrils. Mucosal tissue covers most of the turbinates. When you inhale air, the turbinates filter, humidify, and heat the air.
Your mucosal lining filters and traps airborne particles. Turbinates are vital in fighting disease.
Preparing for Surgery
2 weeks prior to surgery your surgeon might ask you to stop taking certain medications. Some examples are blood thinners, ibuprofen, and aspirin. Your surgeon will request this to reduce your risk of bleeding during or after the surgery. Since the surgery is normally done under general anesthesia, you’ll be asleep for the entire procedure.
After midnight, ensure you don’t eat or drink anything if you’re going to be given general anesthesia. Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the surgery.
It’s common for a doctor to take pictures of your nose prior to the procedure. After the surgery, they will show you before and after photos. Any allergies you have, make sure to discuss then with your doctor before the procedure.
This surgery is often performed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but can be performed by other surgeons as well. Some decide to get plastic surgery as well as the septoplasty to change the shape of their nose. Your surgeon can cut inside the nostrils so that there are no visible marks on the outside of the nose.
Normally the surgery takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours. The surgeon will straighten your septum and trim it. Your doctor might need to cut the bone as well to place it in the correct position. You might also receive silicone splints to ensure your septum is supported.
You can also receive what’s called nasal packing. You’ll receive gauze-like material into your nasal cavity. This absorbs blood or any other fluid. During your first follow-up appointment, your doctor will remove them.
After the procedure, up to 85% of people notice an improvement in their nasal blockage. After the procedure, it’s normal to feel tired for a couple of hours. You might feel nausea from the anesthesia. If you feel any pain after the procedure, make sure to let your nurse know since they can give you medication to alleviate the pain.
Normally, you’re sent home the day of the procedure. If you experience any bleeding or congestion, that’s entirely normal and will subside after 2 weeks. After the surgery, you might still have sinusitis until the infection is cleared. You might also experience bruising or swelling around the eyes or a headache.
Small burst blood vessels can occur. They’ll show up as tiny red spots on your skin.
The benefits of the surgery far outweigh the risks. While the risks are rare, it’s important to speak with your doctor about any potential complications. Some possible complications are a hole or tear in your septum, bleeding, a bad response to the anesthesia, or an infection.
After you’ve arrived home after the surgery, you’ll want to take special care for a few weeks after the surgery. You’ll want to keep your head raised when you sleep. If you need an extra pillow to prop your head up, that’s an option as well. Try to avoid blowing your nose.
You’ll definitely want to wait to do any hard activities or heavy lifting. Any instructions for care and medications make sure to receive this from your doctor. Make sure to follow all the instructions from your doctor for recovery.
You can expect the recovery to take about a few days, and you can return to work or school that’s sedentary, about a week after the procedure.
The Cost of Septoplasty
The cost of a septoplasty surgery is varied but you can expect a to pay about $3500 – $11,000 in the US.
The cost will be affected by whether you have insurance or are paying out-of-pocket, where you’re located in the U.S., and the facility you’ll have the procedure.
You can always request quotes in advance to avoid receiving a bill you’re not expecting. Check with your insurance to see how much they’ll cover for the procedure.
All About the Septoplasty Procedure
While the thought of any procedure can seem overwhelming, a septoplasty is a beneficial treatment option for those with a deviated septum. The benefits severely outweigh any rare potential risks.
Are you ready to breathe easier and have a better quality of life due to it? Contact us today and you’ll get to say goodbye to any sinus pain or breathing problems and hello to relief.