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 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.
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 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.