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What is a Deviated Septum?

A disfigured septum may be caused due to injuries, or birth defects as few people are born with a disfigured septum. Symptoms of deviated septum include facial pain, frequent nosebleeds, and nasal obstruction, and surgery is the only way to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty is the surgical procedure for correcting the disfigured septum works to straighten the septum, enabling improved airflow through the nose.

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Overview

Septoplasty
Benefits of Septoplasty
  • Improves airflow
  • Enhances sleep quality
  • Reduced snoring
  • Improves breathing
  • Eliminates nasal congestion
Why advanced septoplasty treatment?
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Painless procedure
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer chances of risks
  • Minimal blood loss
Why Pristyn Care?
  • Highly experienced ENT surgeons
  • Assistance in insurance approval
  • Advanced medical technology used to provide the treatment
  • Free-follow up consultation
  • Free transportation on the day of the surgery
Prevention of deviated nasal septum
  • Wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle
  • Wear a mid face mask when playing contact sports
  • Wear a seatbelt while driving cars
  • Avoid wearing a tight mask
  • Avoid smoking to minimize breathing issues
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Treatment

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 Indore without any hassle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should the patient sleep after septoplasty surgery?

The night of surgery and one night after, a patient needs to keep the head elevated with extra pillows. If a patient has packing material and splints in the nose, ensure they stay in place. 

Why is it necessary to treat deviated nasal septum?

Deviated nasal septum can lead to nasal obstruction. Untreated nasal obstruction can lead to poor sleep, difficulty in concentrating, abnormal facial growth, and long-term breathing defects.

What is the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery concerning the shape and structure of the nose. Patients who undergo rhinoplasty usually do it for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance of the nose. Septoplasty is a procedure that involves incisions inside the nose to straighten the nasal septum and improve the breathing ability of the individual.

Will septoplasty treat snoring?

Around 10% of the cases involving snoring are caused due to deviated septum and are cured via septoplasty. However, sometimes snoring is caused due to the throat and the base of the tongue and septoplasty may not benefit these patients.

Is septoplasty a major surgery?

Septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated nasal septum in an individual. This surgery is not cosmetic, instead, it addresses functional issues including obstructions to airflow through the nostrils. It usually takes 30-40 minutes to perform & not considered major surgery.

Can deviated septum get worse with age?

Deviated septum may not necessarily get worse with age. However, if you have any allergies or deviations that cause severe breathing problems with age, an untreated deviated septum can get worsen with age.

Is septoplasty a painful surgery?

Septoplasty is usually done under local or general anesthesia which means patients may not feel anything during the entire surgery. However, the patient may feel mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure once the effects of anesthesia wear off due to splints in the nasal cavity to prevent tissue scarring.

Where can I get the best treatment for septoplasty in Indore?

Pristyn Care is associated with some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in Indore. Our partnered hospitals facilitate modern infrastructure and cutting-edge technology for a very high success rate. We also house a few of the best ENT specialists and experienced septoplasty surgeons for a very high success rate.

What is the cost of septoplasty at Pristyn Care in Indore?

The septoplasty procedure will cost you around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 55,000 at Pristyn Care in Indore. However, the cost of the procedure may vary depending on various factors such as choice of hospital, choice of ENT surgeon, post-consultation cost, cost of non-medical items, etc.

Can a deviated septum cure on its own?

No. A deviated nasal septum can not get cured on its own because it is made of bone and cartilage. The only way to fix or straighten the deviated bone present in the nose is a surgical procedure called septoplasty.

Can I drink alcohol post septoplasty treatment?

No. It is highly advisable not to consume alcohol for at least ten days post septoplasty surgery. Consumption of alcohol during recovery duration may compromise your healing process. However, it is always better to speak to your ENT doctor before drinking alcohol post septoplasty treatment.

Is deviated septum genetic?

Yes. There are chances that a deviated septum can be genetic and may pass on to the coming generation. However, the possibilities of the genetic deviated nasal septum are lesser as compared to a deviation that occurs because of an injury during childbirth.

Can I live with a deviated nasal septum?

Sometimes, yes. You can live with a deviated nasal septum if it is not bothering you or causing any problems. However, leaving the deviated septum untreated will make you prone to the symptoms that can occur due to a deviated septum such as infection, breathing issues, nasal congestion, etc. Therefore, it is always a better option to consult an ENT specialist or rhinologist to get a thorough diagnosis along with a proper treatment.

What is the difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty?

There is a significant difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeries. However, both are done on the nose but have different purposes. Septoplasty is performed to restore the normal functioning of the nose while improving the breathing quality. On the other hand, rhinoplasty is suggested to enhance the aesthetics of the nose by correcting and aligning it with other facial features.

Does the shape of the nose become different after septoplasty surgery?

No. The shape of the nose does not change post septoplasty treatment because the surgery is performed inside the nose through a closed procedure where the doctor reconstructs the bone to fix the deviation in the nasal septum.

Benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for Septoplasty in Indore.

Pristyn Care is a full-stack healthcare provider that is associated with some of the best healthcare institutions and ENT clinics across the country. Pristyn Care provides painless and minimally invasive surgeries with fewer chances of infection and faster recovery. Some of the advantages of choosing Pristyn Care are –

  • Highly experienced ENT surgeons
  • Pristyn Care assigns a care buddy to each patient on the day of the surgery to assist with all the paperwork and formalities.
  • Free cab service is provided to every patient for pick-up and drop-off on the day of the surgery
  • A dedicated team to assist with insurance approvals
  • Flexible Payment Options
  • No Cost EMI
  • Free follow-up consultations
  • COVID-19 free environment

What happens during septoplasty operation?

The reconstruction of the deviated nasal septum may take 30-40 minutes. This is the average duration of the septoplasty procedure which may differ depending on the various factors. The whole surgical procedure may take less than two hours. There are the following things that you can expect during the septoplasty procedure:

  • A loose garment is given to wear before the septoplasty operation, which will be easy to change post-surgery
  • The anesthetist will give local or general anesthesia depending on the type of technique used for the septoplasty procedure.
  • You will get unconscious within a few minutes under the effect of anesthesia. The doctor will perform septoplasty while making incisions to access the nasal septum to correct the deviation.
  • The doctor will alter the bone and cartilage to straighten the deviated nasal septum.
  • After straightening the nasal septum, the doctor will close the incisions with absorbable sutures.
  • The doctor will put nasal packing in the nostrils to absorb bleeding and nasal fluids.

Post-Septoplasty Operation Care

Septoplasty surgery could take 2-3 weeks to recover. In addition, you may notice swelling, bruise, or redness post-surgical procedure, which may subside with the medication prescribed by your ENT doctor, and you can resume your daily routine within 3-4 days. However, the complete recovery may take 1-2 months with significant results.

There are some tips to follow which may help you heal faster and have a smoother recovery duration:

  • Use extra pillows while sleeping to elevate your head.
  • Do not blow your nose, as it can put excessive pressure on the surgical region.
  • Try avoiding sneezing with your mouth closed.
  • Always clean the surgical site with a washcloth without putting any pressure to avoid infection.
  • Eat protein-rich food items to promote the healing process.
  • Avoid eating solid food as much as you can for at least a week post-surgery to eliminate the possibility of any risk and complication.
  • Try and enhance your meals with fiber-rich foods to avoid constipation.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Are there any potential risks and complications involved in septoplasty surgery?

Like any other surgeries in septoplasty as well, there are fewer chances of potential risks which may occur post-surgery:

  • Bleeding- Because of the surgery, you may notice bleeding from the nose mixed with mucous. In a few cases, the nose may bleed for 2-3 days. However, the doctor always puts the nasal packing to absorb fluid that drains from the nose.
  • Infection- At times, because of the nasal fluid that flows post-surgery, the patient gets exposed to infections and may need to visit a doctor to show the surgical site.
  • Perforation in septum- In rare cases, the patient may suffer from a tear or hole in the nasal septum because of sutures made during the surgical procedure.
  • Reduced sense of smell- You may experience discomfort while breathing, which can also affect your sense of smell during recovery duration. This usually gets better in due course once the patient is completely recovered.
  • Blood clots- You may experience blood clots post-surgery. The doctor may advise draining them in the next visit after removing the nasal packing.
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