An Introduction to Septoplasty Surgery
Septoplasty surgery is a procedure used to correct a deviated septum, which is a deformity of the thin wall within the nose that divides your two nasal passages.
Nasal septoplasty is usually performed to improve breathing. Septoplasty can be performed alone or in combination with other nose surgery procedures. Septoplasty is routinely performed together with rhinoplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery and turbinate reduction surgery.
During the surgical procedure, your nasal septum is moved back into an ideal position so that you no longer experience pain, can breathe easily through your nose, and to alleviate any other symptoms that the deviated septum caused before surgery. This procedure may require parts of your nasal septum to be removed or trimmed so that your septum can be repositioned correctly.
If you believe that you will benefit from septoplasty surgery, set up a consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon who will be able to perform an exam and determine if surgery is required. Many people with deviated septums find that the quality of their life improves significantly once the deviated septum is corrected. For instance, you may find that you sleep better at night since you will be able to breathe much more freely.
In some cases, septoplasty and turbinate reduction are used in conjunction. Patients who experience chronic nasal obstruction that cannot be treated with nonsurgical methods often find relief through turbinate reduction. When septoplasty is used with turbinate reduction, small portions of structures within the nose known as turbinates are excised or modified in a way that eliminates nasal obstruction.
How much does septoplasty cost? The answer to this question depends on the specific details of your surgery. It is important to discuss your options with a rhinoplasty surgeon who can explain all associated costs.
Septoplasty recovery also depends on each individual case. Some people recover within days while others find that it takes months before they feel completely back to normal. Again, set up a consultation with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon to learn more about the procedure, to determine if it is right for you, and to gain a better understanding of the associated costs and recovery time.
If you have questions about nasal septoplasty surgery contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a rhinoplasty specialist.