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Short Summary: Information to help you understands septoplasty.
Among the many corrective surgical procedures an ear nose throat specialist can provide is a septoplasty, which is done with the intention of straightening the nasal septum. Though this procedure is only minimally invasive, it is one which can make a big difference in improving your quality of life. It is understandable that you will have questions and concerns surrounding the surgery; here, we will address some of the most common.
In order to understand how a septoplasty works, it is vital that you understand basic nasal anatomy. Your nose is a very delicate structure consisting of a pair of nasal cavities separated by a partition called the nasal septum. In a normal, uninjured nose, the septum runs straight down the center, dividing the cavities, which air enters via the nostrils. When the septum has deviated, or become crooked for any reason, it narrows one of the nasal cavities, causing impeded air flow, and sometimes leading to nasal obstruction.
The second aspect of nasal anatomy relavent to septoplasty surgery is that the inferior turbinates, which are structures inside the nasal sinus, can become enlarged. When this happens, it is because the workload with which that inferior turbinate is tasked has greatly increased! Think of it this way - if you only ever used your right hand, the muscles in that hand would grow. In hands and other external structures, this compensatory hypertrophy is not normally problematic; inside the nose, however, the enlarged turbinate can cause increased sensations of pressure and pain.
When you undergo a septoplasty, your ear nose throat specialist will be straightening the nasal septum. This procedure normally takes a little less than an hour to complete, depending upon the severity of the situation.
Septoplasty surgery is normally a straightforward procedure. Most patients receive general anesthesia, as it is important that no motion take place while the ENT is repairing the delicate nasal structure; some patients incapable of tolerating general anesthesia will receive local anesthesia. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs will be carefully monitored to ensure that your body is functioning as it should; in addition, prior to the surgery, you will be carefully screened to ensure that you are not at risk of complications due to surgery. Be sure that you discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor prior to the actual date of surgery, and be certain that you follow any pre-surgical instructions which with you are provided.
On the day of your surgery, you will need to have a friend or family member bring you to the surgical center or hospital where your septoplasty will be taking place. You will be provided with anesthesia, usually in the form of an IV injection and a blend of gas. You will not feel any pain or pressure during your surgery. Once you are completely anesthetized, the surgeon will begin working through your nostrils. First, he or she will make a small incision in the septum's lining in order to access the cartilage which is to be repositioned. Next, the septum will be straightened. This sometimes involves the removal of damaged cartilage or cartilage which is causing an obstruction. Once the septum has been straightened, it may be temporarily stabilized with plastic splints, tubes, or sutures placed inside the nose. All sutures and supports are internal; there is normally no outer incision, and no visible scarring as a result of a septoplasty.
Septoplasty normally takes an hour or less to complete. Unless there are complications, most patients notice no discoloration or swelling to the external portion of the nose, or to the face; some patients will experience a slight amount of bleeding. After a few hours spent recovering in a quiet room, you will be allowed to go home. Your ENT will provide you with a specific set of instructions to follow. In about two weeks, and in some cases less, you will be able to have splints and tubes removed and you will enjoy the ability to breathe normally once again.
Dr. Michael Barakate is a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist located in Sydney, Australia offering rhinoplasty procedures at Rhinoplasty Clinic Sydney.