Nasal septal perforation is when a hole develops on the nasal septum. It can cause many symptoms that range from mild to severe, depending on the size of the hole. The hole size varies depending on the cause of the septal nose perforation.
You're an ideal candidate for nasal septal perforation treatment if you have a hole in your nasal septum and it causes you severe symptoms (nose bleeding, headaches)
Septal perforation surgery takes 1 - 3 hours, and you will stay overnight at the hospital to monitor your recovery.
Like any other surgical procedure, nasal septal perforation surgery's side effects include:
The surgeon will use general anesthesia for the surgery, and you will need to stay overnight in the hospital. You will experience nose swelling that will last 2 - 3 weeks depending on your recovery, and sometimes it could expand for months.
Your doctor will place a splinter or compressing garment on your nose to reduce the swelling. The compressing garment will remain on the nose for 1 week. It is best to take 3 days off work and focus on your recovery.
Depending on your recovery, expect to experience complete healing 2 - to 3 weeks after the surgery.
Septal perforation repair surgery has a success rate of 70% - 95%
Repairing the hole in the nasal septal is a complicated surgery that only specialized surgeons can perform. Depending on the size of the hole and its location, there are different repair methods:
Your surgeon will place a prosthetic button to plug the hole. This type of treatment could cause infections if you neglect proper hygiene. And you might need to visit the doctor for a replacement.
For small holes (less than 2.5 cm), your surgeon will use tissues near the nasal cavity to repair and seal the perforation. The smaller the hole, the higher the success rate of local flap treatment.
For mid-sized holes (2.5 - 3.5 cm), using tissues near the hole will not be sufficient to seal it. Your surgeon will use tissues from the face or mouth to cover and seal the septal perforation.
For large septal perforation (>3.5 cm), a free flap may be performed that uses transplanted tissue from the scalp and is used to reconstruct the missing tissue.
Common causes for septal perforation include:
Also, if you work in specific environments related to chemicals like mercury and fulminate, you can develop septal perforation. But you can reduce the risks by changing the chemicals used or using the proper protective gear.
The symptoms of septal perforation will vary depending on the size of the perforation. And your doctor will be able to determine the size of the hole. Common symptoms include:
We will plan and arrange the procedure to suit your preferences and needs and match you with the best septal perforation specialist available in Turkey. There are a few primary steps involved in this procedure. Here is what you can expect:
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. During this session, you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical history, allergies, and if you're currently taking any medication.
You must go through medical tests. Then, you will discuss the procedure in detail and share your expectation with your doctor.
At this stage, your doctor will determine the best treatment plan depending on your perforation.
Depending on your procedure, your surgeon will administrate local and general anesthesia.
Once the general anesthesia is applied, your surgeon will use one of these treatment plans: septal button, local flap, region flap, or free flap, depending on your case.
Your surgeon will prescribe medication to manage the pain. You will need to do post-procedure medical tests to monitor whether your recovery is going as planned.
You will use compressing garment to reduce the swelling for the first few weeks. Follow your doctor's aftercare instructions to speed up your recovery and maintain the surgery results.
How serious is a perforated septum?
Septal perforation can cause life-long chronic symptoms varying from bleeding to forming nose crust. And depending on the perforation, the symptoms could be mild or severe. Check with your doctor if the symptoms you're experiencing are severe.
Can septal perforation heal itself?
Sometimes the septal perforation can heal if the hole is small and the surrounding tissue isn't damaged. But in most cases, it's unlikely to heal completely by itself.
Can you live with a perforated septum?
Yes, you can. Suppose the perforation is small and the symptoms are mild. In that case, you can refer to alternative home treatments like saline spray in the nose, humidifier, and antibiotic ointment to minimize its effects.
Is septal perforation repair cost abroad affordable?
Yes, the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But some factors affect the septal perforation repair cost, like the clinics' location, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used.
Our team will dedicate their effort and time to help you choose the clinic best for you. Our goal is not just to find ‘a doctor’ for you, but to find ‘the right doctor’.