Deviated Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

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The nasal septum separates the two nasal airways. It consists of cartilage (front section) and the bone plate (back section).
In adults it is usually 7 cm long. In many people the septum may be deviated to one or both sides. This may happen after a trauma, but in most cases this is a congenital condition. In some patients the deviated septum will block the airway. This causes difficulty breathing, recurrent infections and snoring, or even sleep apnea.

Benefits:

  • improved breathing,
  • better overall body efficiency,
  • improved air flow in paranasal sinuses,
  • decrease in the incidence of rhinitis,
  • reduced snoring.

Indications and contraindications:

  Indications:
  • difficulty breathing through the nose,
  • frequent infections, rhinitis,
  • snoring,
  • nose bleeding.
  Contraindications:
  • taking blood thinning medications,
  • active respiratory tract infection,
  • bad general condition,
  • conditions when anaesthesia cannot be applied,
  • allergy to anaesthetics.

FAQ:

Are there any non-surgical treatments for deviated septum?

No. Nasal drops and medications reduce the swelling of the mucosa and improve breathing only temporarily. Only the removal of bone and cartilage fragments will permanently improve the airflow.

Does the procedure hurt?

No. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. However, after the procedure your nose may feel tender for a few weeks.

When will I start to feel the improvement?

You will be able to breathe freely immediately after the procedure. For a few days the mucous membrane may be a little swollen, which may slightly obstruct the airways.

When can I return to normal activity?

In a majority of cases you can leave hospital on the day after the procedure. However, we recommend a few days’ rest at home. If you have a manual job, or actively practice sports, you may resume normal activities 14 days after the procedure.

Eligibility:

The decision on your surgery is taken during a pre-operative visit when a doctor assesses your eligibility, selects the optimum procedure and orders necessary tests. The decision is made on the basis of test results and your general condition. Then a convenient date is selected.

Before the procedure:

  • Before the procedure you should have the following blood tests done: full blood count, INR, APTT and blood type with immune antibodies, not earlier than 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • If you have other medical conditions, please consult your attending doctors and bring a certificate that there are no contraindications to the surgical procedure.
  • If you are on anticoagulant treatment, you should switch to subcutaneous injections for 7 days before the procedure and 10 days after the procedure.
  • Consult with the operating doctor whether to take any medications on the day of the procedure.
  • You should not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the procedure.

Procedure:

  • The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
  • It usually last between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • All incisions are made inside the nose so there are no visible scars.
  • We put special dressing in the nose (nasal packing) for 24 hours. It is removed before your discharge.

After the procedure:

When in home please follow the guidelines below:

  • Avoid blowing your nose with too much force for 5 days,
  • Avoid places with smoke and dust,
  • Limit physical exertion for 14 days,
  • Keep the nasal mucosa hydrated.

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