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Septoplasty Treatment - Diagnosis and Procedure
Diagnostic procedures for deviated septum surgery
A deviated septum can be easily diagnosed by a physical examination. To check the shape and size of the nostrils, the doctor uses a bright light and speculum (to spread open the nostrils).
In addition to physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays are performed to see the internal structures of the nose. The doctor also uses a long tube-shaped scope with a bright light at the tip to check the back of the nose. This procedure is called an endoscopy.
Based on the results of this physical examination, the doctor can clearly and easily diagnose a deviated septum and determine its severity. While the diagnosis can be performed by any doctor, only an ENT specialist can provide treatment for it.
Treatment for nasal septum deviation
Initial treatment for a deviated septum is aimed at managing the symptoms and making the patient’s life easier in the short term. This includes decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal steroid sprays, to keep the airways open and make breathing easier.
Medicines can only treat symptoms, they cannot correct a deviated septum. Once the symptoms are managed, surgery is necessary to eliminate the chances of recurrence of nasal infections.
Typically, the best treatment for a deviated septum is a septoplasty.
During a septoplasty, the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned at the center of the nose. The surgeon cuts and removes parts of the nasal septum before re-inserting them in their proper position. A septoplasty procedure can take about 30-90 minutes, based on the amount of correction needed.
After the surgery, the nose is immobilized using splints and soft tissue packs to prevent future nosebleeds and the formation of scar tissue. The splints are removed 1-2 weeks after the surgery but the tissue packing in the nose is removed within 2-3 days. Splints help the nose heal in its new position. For better aesthetic results, the procedure may be combined with a rhinoplasty.
At Pristyn Care, you can avail surgery for deviated septum from the best ENT doctors near you. Book a free consultation with the best ENT doctors in Bhubaneswar without any hassle.
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The average cost of a septoplasty in Bhubaneswar ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 at Prsityn Care. This cost includes other facilities such as cab services, meal services, etc. that we provide to our patients to make their treatment journey hassle-free.
However, this cost can vary based on extraneous factors such as postoperative complications, patient’s health condition, comorbidities, etc.
A severely deviated nasal septum can cause severe breathing problems. It also interferes with sinus drainage and causes recurrent sinus infections. Other health problems a deviated nasal septum can cause are:
A septoplasty is performed under either general or local anesthesia, so it is not painful at all. After the surgery, depending on the extent of the surgery, there may be mild to moderate pain, that feels like a blocked sinus, in the cheeks, upper teeth, around the eyes, or in the forehead. This postoperative pain can be easily managed using pain and anti-inflammatory medications.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the outer shape of the nose to provide a better aesthetic appearance. On the other hand, a septoplasty is performed to correct the internal structural issues inside the nose and correct breathing problems.
A septoplasty helps extend the airway in the nose and makes breathing easier, which can relieve snoring. However, it is not a sure-fire way of curing snoring as snoring can be caused due to problems with different tissues such as the muscles in the throat, tongue, sidewalls and roof of the mouth, etc.
Septoplasty is an effective treatment for stopping recurrent nosebleeds and sinus infections, especially if the prime cause of these infections is a deviated nasal septum. If you have chronic sinusitis from a deviated septum, you should consult your ENT doctor and get a septoplasty for long-term relief.
Most health insurance policies cover septoplasty as it is medically necessary in many cases to make breathing easier and prevent sinus infection and other health problems. If you are unsure about your health insurance policy, contact your insurance provider to know about your policy terms.
Septoplasty is an internal surgery and does not change the shape of the nose on its own. However, if you want better aesthetically pleasing results, you can combine it with a rhinoplasty. The procedure is called septorhinoplasty.
Septoplasty straightens the nasal septum and makes breathing easier. In some cases, it can improve the voice due to better airflow, however, in most cases, the patient’s voice remains unchanged.
If the cause of sleep apnea is nasal obstruction, then septoplasty can cure it for good. If the cause of sleep apnea is something else, septoplasty can make their treatments more effective by improving breathing and airflow through the nose.
Septoplasty can be performed as an outpatient procedure. At most, the patient can be released from the hospital within 24 hours of the surgery. The initial swelling after the surgery dissipates within 2-3 days, however, full recovery takes up to 3 months.
Laser septoplasty, i.e., the correction of a deviated nasal septum is best for mild cases. There is almost no pain even after the surgery and the entire healing process is much quicker and easier.
You can resume work, along with most of your daily activities 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery. However, if your work is physically taxing, then you should wait at least a month before resuming work.
Turbinate reduction surgery involves the straightening or repairing of nasal turbinates to improve airflow through the nose. It is often combined with septoplasty to provide the patient with better overall airflow.
Since septoplasty is performed through the nostrils, there are no facial scars or black eyes after the surgery. There is some pain and tenderness, along with blood and/or mucous drainage in the nose leading to the feeling of nasal stuffiness.
The swelling from the surgery usually dissipates within 2-3 days, while the drainage may last for 2-5 days. Usually, patients are prescribed over-the-counter medications, along with saline sprays or irrigation treatments for pain and nasal congestion.
However, if the nose is packed with tissues, it can cause a little trouble in breathing till the material is removed. So, the patient may have to breathe through their nose during this time which can lead to a dry mouth.
You can follow the given tips to improve your recovery after septoplasty:
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