Septoplasty is a surgical procedure which is performed to correct breathing issues. It is the preferred surgical treatment for the correction of a deviated septum. Individuals with a deviated septum may experience breathing problems, blockage of one or both nostrils, nasal congestion, frequent nosebleeds, repeat sinus infections, facial pain, headache, postnasal drip, and/or noisy nighttime breathing or snoring.
Dr. Ross Clevens performs septoplasty on an outpatient basis, typically with general anesthesia. The procedure takes about one hour to complete. A closed technique is used in which all incisions are made on the inside of the nose so there is no visible scarring. During the procedure, the septum is straightened by removing or reshaping portions of the bone and cartilage. Patients may experience some bruising or swelling and can generally return to work within three to ten days. Exercise can be resumed after two to three weeks. Septoplasty may be combined with rhinoplasty (septorhinoplasty).
Am I a good candidate?
Individuals who experience breathing problems due to a deviated septum may be good candidates for this procedure. A deviated septum may cause such symptoms as blockage of one or both nostrils, nasal congestion, nosebleeds, sinus infections, headache, facial pain, postnasal drip, and/or noisy nighttime breathing. Patients should also be in good physical health.
Where is this procedure performed?
Dr. Clevens performs this procedure at an accredited outpatient surgery center.
What type of anesthesia is used for septoplasty?
General anesthesia is commonly used during this procedure.
What is the surgical time for septoplasty?
The surgical time for this procedure is approximately one hour.
What is the recovery like after septoplasty?
The recovery after this procedure takes anywhere from three to ten days. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising. Some discomfort may also occur which can be alleviated with medication.
Will I have scars after septoplasty?
This procedure is performed using a closed technique. This means that all incisions are made on the inside of the nose. As a result, there is no external or visible scarring.
When can I return to work after septoplasty?
Patients are generally able to return to work within three to seven days after.
When can I exercise after septoplasty?
Patients will need to postpone exercise and strenuous activities for about two to three weeks after undergoing this procedure.