A Septoplasty procedure may help you resolve nose problems like restricted breathing, sinus infections, nosebleeds, headaches and issues with snoring. Dr Scott Turner performs Septoplasty and Septorhinoplasty procedures in hospitals in Newcastle and Sydney NSW. By reshaping your septum, he can help improve the functionality of your nose, ease your breathing and reduce headaches. The procedure can help reduce any discomfort that these issues cause.
What Is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes your septum and removes septum or nasal deviation. The septum is the natural barrier or divide between the two nasal canals. This surgical procedure reshapes the septum to remove the deviation and frees your airways for a fuller and more satisfying inhale. Patients who undergo a septoplasty procedure generally report:
- being able to inhale with less effort
- having a fuller inhale
- a significant reduction in nasal infections
- a significant decrease in sinus infections
- fewer headaches.
Benefits Of Nose Septum Surgery – Septoplasty
There are multiple benefits of nose septum surgery:
- Septoplasty can significantly improve the quality of life. 1
- Better pulmonary function when playing sport. 3
- Septum surgery can significantly reduce the number and intensity of headaches. 2
- Septoplasty surgery can reduce sinus problems. 4
- Septoplasty can improve both the functionality and change the look of the nose simultaneously
About the Septoplasty Surgery
During your septoplasty procedure, your surgeon will perform several steps:
- An Anaesthetist will administer the anaesthetic
- An incision will be made on the inside of your nostril, towards the septum – this incision will leave no visible scars
- Excess bone and cartilage tissue will be carefully excised to remove the blockage of the airway
- Dr Turner may also restore a part of flat cartilage for additional support to the structure of the nose (not always necessary)
- Self-dissolving sutures will be carefully placed to keep the newly shaped septum in place. Placing the sutures removes the need for packing your nose, which can be both painful and uncomfortable.
- You may be released home on the same day or stay overnight depending on your condition.
Recovery After Septum Surgery
The septoplasty swelling usually reduces over 3 days to a week. It may take up to two or even three months for the cartilage to fully heal, and during this time, you should avoid any trauma to your nose. Most patients go back to school or work just days after the procedure.
Long-Term Septoplasty Results
As a surgical procedure, septoplasty can significantly decrease problems with breathing and blocked airways. However, to truly maximise the results of septoplasty, especially if you have it at a younger age, you should avoid blowing your nose for a few months after a septoplasty and any trauma to the nose or the face, as they may cause immediate injury to the nose and compromise long-term septoplasty result.
Am I A Good Candidate For Nose Septum Surgery?
If you experience:
- Trouble breathing
- Congested nose
- Occasional bleeding from the nostrils
- Congested sinuses
You may be eligible for a septoplasty procedure. To ensure you are the best candidate for nasal septum surgery, you should also: not smoke, not enjoy excessive amounts of alcohol and be ready to take several days off work. Consult Dr Turner Newcastle and Sydney NSW for a consultation so he can professionally assess your case and offer a customised solution for your blocked airways.
Risk & Complications Of Nose Surgery
Septum surgery is major surgery, and like any other major surgery, it has some common risks and complications. Common complications include, but are not limited to:
- Bruising, Swelling, Bleeding, Infection, Asymmetrical nose, Continued nasal obstructions/blockage, Excessive bleeding, Reaction to the anaesthetic.
Choosing the best possible septoplasty surgeon will minimise the risks and complications associated with your septoplasty surgery and result in a better-functioning nose. Always choose the best surgeon to operate on you. Damage done by inexperienced doctors is sometimes irreversible, and it may lead to a ‘saddle nose’ or a partial or full nose collapse. Visit the page on risks & potential complications of surgery.