Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is carried out when there is an obstruction in the nasal passages due to the septum being crooked. The septum is the cartilage and bone divider that divides the two nasal passages. Deviated septums can result from birth abnormalities and injuries. This surgery helps a person’s nasal passages become more open so they have the ability to breathe more easily. Knowing what to expect will help individuals to be fully prepared for the procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Septoplasty?
It is important the person who goes through septoplasty is a good candidate for the procedure. If a person is dealing with any of the following, it is likely they are a good candidate for the procedure.
- Deviated nasal septum
- Nasal obstructions
- Nasal breathing problems
- Blockage of one or more nasal cavities
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Frequent sinus infections
- Noisy breathing while sleeping
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Sleep apnea
- Frequent headaches
If a person is suffering from any of the above issues with their nose, it behooves them to speak with a surgeon about their options for septoplasty. This procedure will open up the nasal cavities and help individuals to breathe more clearly and improve the way their nose looks.
What Can Patients Expect?
The procedure will last about an hour and is carried out under anesthesia. The patient will need to have someone drive them home and they will need to rest as long as their surgeon instructs. Until healing takes place, the nose area will be sore and it is not uncommon for there to be bruising and swelling. Ice packs can help decrease the swelling and discomfort.
It is important patients keep their head elevated to reduce discomfort and bleeding. Straining should be avoided during bowel movements or in any physical activity. As the nose heals, the swelling will go down and breathing will become more comfortable.
To learn more about septoplasty and its benefits, connect with Dr Zacharia. His office will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment so you can see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Call the office today to get started.