What to Expect When Undergoing a Septoplasty

Jan 10, 2024
What to Expect When Undergoing a Septoplasty
A deviated septum can make breathing, sleeping, and simple daily activities difficult. However, with a septoplasty, these challenges can be a thing of the past. Learn more about what the procedure entails here.

If you look up your nose with a mirror and notice that the center cartilage is off-center or crooked, you may have a deviated septum. The deviation typically causes one of your nasal passages to be smaller than the other, which leads to several issues. 

Depending on the severity of your deviation, you may experience symptoms that range from slightly uncomfortable to debilitating. Severe cases of deviated septums can lead to significant breathing difficulties, and one way to ease your symptoms is through septoplasty.

In Los Angeles, California, Dr. Mani Zadeh, a renowned ear, nose, and throat specialist, has several years of experience helping people with deviated septums find relief from breathing difficulties and recurring sinus infections.

In this article, he breaks down what the surgery entails and who may benefit from the procedure. 

What is a septoplasty?

A deviated septum can cause various issues, including difficulty breathing through one or both of your nostrils, frequent nosebleeds, and recurring sinus infections. 

A septoplasty is surgery to straighten your nasal septum and correct the deviation. A septoplasty helps you breathe easier and relieves other symptoms. 

Why you may need a septoplasty 

If you've been experiencing significant discomfort or health issues due to a deviated septum, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Constant stuffiness or difficulty breathing, especially through on one side of your nose
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Difficulty sleeping due to heavy snoring or sleep apnea 
  • Persistent feeling of nasal pressure

To determine if you need surgery, Dr. Zadeh carefully evaluates you to ensure that septoplasty is the right choice.

What to expect from the procedure

Before the surgery, Dr. Zadeh will thoroughly examine you, including a review of your medical history and a physical exam. He may also recommend a CT scan to get a better view of your septum and determine the extent of the deviation. 

During the procedure, you'll be under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel or remember a thing. Dr. Zadeh makes small incisions inside your nostril to access your septum. He then carefully repositions your septum to relieve your symptoms. 

The procedure typically lasts about 60-90 minutes. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home on the same day. 

What comes next?

It's normal to experience some swelling and discomfort right after a septoplasty. However, just a few weeks after your surgery, you'll notice a significant improvement in your breathing and a reduction in your symptoms. 

Coming in for regular follow-up appointments is crucial even after your symptoms have eased. During these appointments, Dr. Zadeh monitors your recovery and ensures you're healing properly. 

A septoplasty is a life-changing procedure for anyone living with a deviated septum. It leads to fewer sinus issues and improves your breathing and overall quality of life. If you're struggling with a deviated septum, book an appointment online with Dr. Zadeh or call 310-286-0123.