Septoplasty is a surgical procedure of the nose to ease one’s breathing. The goal of the procedure is to straighten the septum and correctly reposition it allowing the patient to inhale and exhale effortlessly.
Most notable benefit of septoplasty is the ability to enjoy unobstructed breathing allowing the individuals to appreciate restful sleep and overall wellbeing.
Doctor Chris Gangnes and his medical team at Facial Aesthetic Concepts can help correct your breathing and septum issues with septoplasty. We have three Orange County surgical facilities for your convenience. If you’re ready to take the first step towards better breathing, contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation.
Reasons for Septoplasty
Numerous individuals have a deviated septum preventing them from proper breathing, especially during their sleep. The condition often leads to snoring, sleep apnea, chronic congestion and sinusitis. Septoplasty is aimed at positioning the bone dividing the nose into two nostrils (septum) into the middle of the nose. The treatment creates correct airflow on both sides of the nose and alleviates any further symptoms. Snoring and congestion are expected to be eliminated after the surgery. Septoplasty does not change the appearance of the nose; however, it is common to combine both septoplasty and rhinoplasty at the same time.
Before the Surgery
Detailed information is given to the patient before the surgery in efforts to educate them about pros and cons of the treatment. Patient’s medical history is reviewed including any current medical conditions and any drug intake. The treatment begins with a physical examination of the inner and outer structures of the nasal area. A series of pictures may be taken for future reference. All patients are advised to stop certain medications, and smokers are required to stop smoking well in advance of the procedure.
Although the procedure is considered invasive, it is fairly common and simple to perform. It is generally completed in-office with the use of local anesthetics, IV sedation or the combination of both. In some cases, the patient may be recommended for general anesthesia. All patients are closely monitored during and after the procedure for several hours, but many are discharged from the office the same day. Several sutures and splints are placed in appropriate areas of incisions to stabilize the region of surgery. Both nostrils are packed with gauze for protection, and patients may receive medications to control the pain and avoid any infections.
After the Procedure
The initial healing takes on average of one to two weeks. A specific set of instructions is given to the patient in efforts to avoid infections and further complications. These include limited talking, laughing or bowel movement straining. In addition, any form of exercise should be avoided for several weeks after the treatment. Bending and excessive walking is not recommended. A caregiver may be necessary to aid with daily needs as the medications may produce dizziness and temporary disorientation.
With careful care, the corrected tissue and cartilage will heal properly and will not need any further care. The process of healing may take up to one year, and it should be regularly monitored by a trained specialist to ensure the desired results have been reached. Many people greatly benefit from septoplasty as they are able to breathe freely and enjoy their sleep without any disruptions.