What is a Septoplasty?
A septoplasty is a procedure used to correct the deviated cartilage in a patient’s nose, allowing them to breathe easier. This procedure is also known as a “nose job”.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The septoplasty procedure involves an incision inside the nose to allow access to the septum. Depending on the patient’s needs, the septum can either be repositioned surgically or tissue can be removed to help straighten the nasal passage. The surgeon may also choose to use small sutures to hold the septum in its new position. The procedure typically takes up to two hours and is done under general anesthesia.
What are the Benefits of a Septoplasty?
The main benefit of a septoplasty is that it can help improve a patient’s breathing by straightening the nasal passage. This can help reduce the feelings of congestion and can help ensure that the patient breathes easier. The procedure also helps alleviate sinus issues, as well as reduce snoring. It may even improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose in some cases.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is generally a safe procedure, but there are a few risks to be aware of. Some possible complications include:
- Swelling: Swelling of the nose may be present in the days following the procedure.
- Infection: Infections may occur in some cases, typically due to inadequate post-operative care.
- Scarring: Scarring may be present on the inside of the nose. This should not be noticeable to the naked eye.
- Prolonged Bleeding: Prolonged bleeding may occur in some cases, although this is rare.
Septoplasty is a safe and effective procedure that can be used to improve a patient’s breathing and may even be used to help improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose. While there are some risks associated with the procedure, these are usually minimal and are far outweighed by the potential benefits.