What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty, or deviated septum surgery, is a surgical procedure done to fix a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage that separates your nostrils is crooked or out of position. This condition can cause breathing problems, nosebleeds, snoring, sleep apnea, and pain. The main aim of septoplasty is to adjust the alignment of your septum to improve airflow through your nose and to help relief congestion in your nose.
Preparing for Septoplasty
Before septoplasty surgery, you may need to stop taking certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinners to reduce your risk of excessive bleeding during and after the procedure. Don’t eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before the procedure is a must if you’re going to be under general anesthesia. Your doctor may use a thin and lighted tool endoscope to look at your nasal passage and to see the shape of your septum. Septoplasty is done on an outpatient basis and the operation is performed in 60 to 90 minutes under local or general anesthesia.
Septoplasty Side Effects
Septoplasty side effects are most likely to dissipate within 2 weeks in general. All surgery comes with some complications and afterward side effects based on your general health and the severity of your condition.Typically there are very few side-effects of septoplasty with or without rhinoplasty. These are:
- A temporary numb sensation by the upper gum or teeth
- Surgical scars
- Numbness in the nose, cheeks and upper lip
- Discoloration of the skin
- Bleeding (rare)
- Excessive dryness or crusting of the nose
- Worsening of the sense of smell or taste (rare)
Septoplasty Recovery Time
Septoplasty recovery time is much less than rhinoplasty recovery time. There is no bruising or swelling on the outside of the nose because the operation is performed through the nostrils in the back of the nose without breaking nasal bones like in a rhinoplasty. There is no packing placed inside the nose, therefore it is not neccesarily painful, just a little bit uncomfortable as the patients are unable to breathe out of their nose due to the swelling and numbness. Patients are generally able to go back to work within 5-7 days after the operation. You are not likely to have significant visible bruising and dark circles around your eyes after the surgery. However, if you have a septoplasty with rhinoplasty, you may have bruising and swelling for about 10-15 days.
How Much Does Septoplasty Cost?
Septoplasty cost is not extremely much as the procedure is not done for cosmetic purpose and in some conditions it is paid by your health insurance agency. For patients without insurance, the cost may range between $6,000 and $7,000. Cost of septoplasty abroad may also vary widely and depending on the country in which the operation is done. It is significant to remember that price is an important part of your decision but it is not the only consideration about having a septoplasty surgery. Make sure you choose a board certified surgeon who has a good reputation and experience in performing this procedure.
Before and After Septoplasty
Septoplasty before and after results are remarkable and definitely worth it. %90 of the patients who had septoplasty suggest that their both breathing and life quality has enhanced thanks to the surgery. A septoplasty with rhinoplasty also pleases patients who are not satisfied with neither the look of their nose nor their breathing quality.