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? Read on to discover the benefits of septoplasty 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 long, narrow passageways made up of curly bone structures. They extend into your breathing pathways inside the 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. That is why 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 requests 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 available 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. If you have any allergies, please make sure to discuss these 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 1.5 to 2 hours. The surgeon will straighten your septum and trim it. They 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 inside your nasal cavity, which absorbs blood or any other fluid. During your first follow-up appointment, your doctor will remove the nasal packing.
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, be sure to let your nurse know, so they can give you medication to alleviate the discomfort.
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. Following the surgery, you might still have sinusitis until the infection is cleared. You may 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 arriving home, you’ll want to take special care for a few weeks following the surgery. You need to keep your head raised when you sleep and we recommend utilizing an extra pillow. Try to avoid blowing your nose as well.
You must wait to do any hard activities or heavy lifting. Please follow all recovery instructions and take required medications as instructed by your doctor.
You can expect the recovery to take about a few days. You can return to work or school that’s sedentary about a week after the procedure.
Cost of Septoplasty
The cost of a septoplasty surgery is varied, but you can expect to pay about $3,500 – $11,000. The cost will be affected by whether you have insurance or are paying out-of-pocket.
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 Septoplasty
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? Contact us today to discuss if this surgery is the right option for you. You’ll get to say goodbye to any sinus pain or breathing problems and say hello to relief.
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