What to Expect from Your Septoplasty
A deviated septum can be a debilitating issue that leads to serious symptoms such as nosebleeds, headaches and labored breathing. The simplest and most effective way to resolve such symptoms is through an outpatient procedure known as septal surgery, or septoplasty. If you’ve been wondering exactly what this procedure entails and when you can return to normal activities, read on.
How It Works
In my Los Angeles sinus surgery offices, septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. After a thorough consultation and examination, we communicate clearly about every aspect of your upcoming procedure, including the goals, risks and expected recovery time. The desired outcome is a nasal septum that is symmetrical and unobstructed, allowing for better breathing and a more comfortable life. Prior to your surgery, you may also be asked to stop using certain medications and to stop smoking for several days or weeks.
Septoplasty is a relatively simple procedure, conducted entirely through small incisions in the nostrils to ensure it leaves no lasting scars. Depending on your anatomy, it may take up to an hour for your surgeon to properly reshape and repair the tissues for a better fit. Once the procedure is complete, you may also receive a small, invisible splint to help stabilize the healing process for a few days. Eventually this is removed.
Septal surgery is fast and the recovery is fairly minimal. You may experience some bleeding and pain, and you will be advised to avoid strenuous activity and blowing your nose. Within a couple weeks you should experience greater comfort and mobility, and be able to resume your life again, free of the terrible symptoms of a deviated septum.