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Septoplasty

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Septoplasty surgery, also known as septal reconstruction or submucous septal resection is a type of surgery used to reconstruct and improve the functionality of the nasal septum. The nasal septum is the structure between the two nasal cavities. Healthy patients have a straight septum but in some cases the septum can deviate into a nasal cavity, narrowing it and ultimately impeding airflow through it. In some cases, the deviated septum leads to full nasal obstruction, making it practically impossible for the patient to breathe through their nose. Patients can have septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery in one setting. Some patients can also opt for turbinate reduction surgery, which can also greatly improve breathing.

Septoplasty Candidates

Septoplasty surgery is recommended for patients with a deviated nasal septum that impedes breathing. The procedure can also be combined with rhinoplasty surgery. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty can be performed in the same time in order to improve the aesthetics of the patient’s nose, as well as its functionality. Patients with breathing problems caused by enlarged turbinates can have turbinate reduction surgery and septoplasty surgery for a better effect.

Am I Suitable for Septoplasty?

Septoplasty surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from serious health problems - the surgery requires general anaesthesia and it can put the patient’s life in danger when combined with morbid obesity, heart problems or lung disease.

Preparing for Septoplasty

The patient must stop the intake of any blood thinners such as aspirin at least 2 weeks before going in for septoplasty surgery. Anti-inflammatory drugs, green teas, herbal teas and Omega 3 capsules are also forbidden at least 2 weeks before the septoplasty surgery.

How is Septoplasty Performed?

The patient will be administered either general or local anaesthesia. The choice of anaesthesia depends on the initial septoplasty surgery examination. Once the anaesthesia kicks in, the surgeon will create small incisions inside the nose and proceed to trim, replace and reposition the cartilage or bone, effectively straightening the deviated septum. At this point the doctor can also perform a turbinate reduction procedure, which can improve breathing. Small silicone septoplasty splints may be inserted inside the nostrils in order to support the new septum shape. The surgeon may also use packing inside the nose in order to prevent or reduce bleeding during the septoplasty recovery period.

Septoplasty Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient may spend one night in hospital

Back to Sports

2 weeks

Duration of Operation

1 hour

Back to Work

1 week

Septoplasty Recovery

The septoplasty recovery period lasts anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks. The patient should avoid physical activities such as jogging, aerobics or any type of sport for the first two weeks. This is done in order to avoid potential bleeding. The patient shouldn’t blow his nose during the recovery period. Sleeping in a position where the head is elevated is recommended during this period as well.

Septoplasty Risks and Complications

Septoplasty surgery is a simple, straightforward procedure but complications can occur. Septoplasty complications can include one or more of the following:

● Bleeding
● Infection
● Negative reaction to anaesthesia
● Nasal obstruction
● Septal perforation
● Septal hematoma
● Numbing sensation in the teeth or upper gum
● Decrease in the sense of smell
● A change in the patient’s nose shape

Septoplasty complications are rather rare – around 1% of patients can experience excessive bleeding after the procedure.

Septoplasty Side Effects

The patient may have the sensation of a stuffy nose for a few weeks during the septoplasty recovery period. Blowing your nose is strongly prohibited as the bones and cartilage of the septum are still healing during this time. Bruising and swelling can appear in some cases as well.

Septoplasty Success Rates

The average septoplasty success rate is around 85%.

Before and After Septoplasty

Patients usually report a 45% increase in nose functionality after the septoplasty procedure.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

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7 reviews
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Estethica Atasehir

Istanbul, Turkey
18 reviews
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Coramed Medical Centre

Wrocław, Poland
ESPRAS - European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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KCM Clinic

Jelenia Góra, Poland
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FROM€ 990
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Mediface Health Group

Antalya, Turkey
3 reviews
FROM€ 1,600
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
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Kolan British Hospital

Nicosia, Cyprus
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Raffles Hospital Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

New Delhi, India
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Ersoy Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Septoplasty Cost

Average Septoplasty costs are € 1,631, based on Septoplasty prices from 14 clinics. Cheapest Septoplasty cost is € 990 where Septoplasty prices can go up to € 2,000.

Septoplasty prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Septoplasty in Turkey is a popular option where Septoplasty costs as low as € 1,600. You can also find Septoplasty clinics in Poland starting from € 990.

Please note that the Septoplasty prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Septoplasty procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Septoplasty procedures. To receive a personalized Septoplasty quote, please click HERE.

Septoplasty FAQ

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Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty surgery – What is the difference?

Septoplasty surgery is used in order to straighten a deviated septum that impedes breathing. On the other hand, rhinoplasty is a more aesthetic type of procedure where the nasal structure of the nose is changed in order to remove certain traits such as a nose hump. Both of these procedures can be done in the same time.

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Can septoplasty surgery cure sleep apnea or snoring?

Septoplasty surgery cannot treat snoring or sleep apnea. Septoplasty can only improve nasal breathing by straightening the septum.

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Do the septoplasty splints need to be removed?

Septoplasty splints removal can be done in around 10 days after the septoplasty surgery. In some cases splints are not necessary and only stitches are used to strengthen the new septum structure – in this case they do not need removal because they dissolve by themselves in a few weeks, after the septum has healed.