Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and In Europe, according to population – it has over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is Turkey’s financial, cultural and healthcare hub – it’s the city with the most JCI accredited private hospitals. The city spreads on both sides of the Bosphorus – The strait that divides the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. Istanbul also connects Europe to Asia forming a very interesting mix, both gastronomically and culturally.
Over 11 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2012, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.
Sights to See
The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque incorporates Islamic architecture and Byzantine Christian elements in its design. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The Mosque got its name from the 20,000 Iznik blue ceramic tiles used to line its interiors. The Blue Mosque is also the final resting place of Sultan Ahmed which commissioned the building in 1609, with work finishing in 1616.
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is huge, with a total of 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. It was built in order to store water during the Byzantine time – in the 6th century. Most of the columns feature decorative carvings, as they were re-used from other classical-age structures. Some of the most interesting columns on the site are the Medusa stones, in the north-west corner of the Cistern.
Topkapı Palace is one of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. The palace itself was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been the residence of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. The palace is a vast complex of richly decorated courtyards and rooms. The palace features a Harem, the Imperial Treasury room, the Imperial Council Chamber, the Second Court, the Third Court (the Sultan’s private rooms) and the Palace Kitchens. The palace became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and has been described as “one of the best examples of palaces of the Ottoman period”.
Tourists can enjoy a wide range of shopping centres and bazaars such as the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian bazaar and many modern shopping malls all around Istanbul.
Things to Know
● Tourists arriving in Istanbul will be required to purchase a tourist Visa – the procedure can be easily done online or at a visa machine before the immigration section of the airport. The Visa costs around 20 USD.
● There are 3 main airports in Istanbul. Hazerfen Airport is a private airport with limited traffic. Atatürk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Usually planes land at the Atatürk Airport (IATA:IST) which is just 20 km from the city centre. From there a visitor can take a taxi to Taksim Square for around TRY60. Tourists can also use a local airport service called Havataş which runs express bus services every 30 minutes for around TRY11 to Taksim Square and Aksaray.
● Food and drink at the airport is quite expensive and may cost 4 times more than in the city. It is advisable to bring your own meals from the town if you have a lot of waiting to do at the airport. There is also a supermarket close to the airport metro entrance where you can buy reasonably priced food and drink.
● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira (TRY) just about anywhere across Istanbul. Most shops and supermarkets also accept credit cards for payment.
● Roaming fees in Turkey are expensive, but you can simply buy a new SIM card when you reach Istanbul and use it for the duration of your stay.
● Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate, so the summer months are generally warm and in winter temperatures differ from place to place.
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 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 at 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 anesthesia 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 anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia depends on the initial septoplasty surgery examination. Once the anesthesia 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.
Patient may spend one night in hospital
Back to Sports
Duration of Operation
Back to Work
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:
● Negative reaction to anesthesia
● 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.