WHAT IS SEPTOPLASTY?
Septoplasty is an outpatient surgery to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils. When the septum is off-center or crooked, it’s called a deviated septum. A septoplasty straightens a patient’s deviated septum and provides relief from impaired breathing as well as snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
How Does Septoplasty Work?
During septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned to the center of your nose. This may require cutting or removing part of cartilage or bone before resetting the septum in the proper position.
What Are The Benefits Of Septoplasty?
There are numerous benefits to having septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, including:
- Improved breathing
- Improved sleep patterns
- Decrease in frequency of sinusitis, nosebleeds, and headaches
- Improved sinus drainage
- Highly effective with minimal discomfort
What Is The Recovery From Septoplasty?
In most cases, patients can generally breathe through the nose soon afterwards. There is usually minimal pain, if any during the recovery period. Additionally, patients will be able to go back to work within the first week, however they will need to avoid any physical exertion or heavy exercise for about 2-3 weeks.
While many people notice significant improvements in nasal breathing and snoring and sleep apnea symptoms within one week of having the surgery, the full benefit will usually be achieved in several weeks.