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Septoplasty Surgery - Diagnosis,Procedure and Recovery

Septoplasty surgery is the surgical correction of a deviated nasal septum to provide better breathing and relief from sinus infections. We provide advanced septoplasty surgery in India with the best ENT specialists to ensure an effective and successful surgery.

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  • What is Septoplasty?

    Septoplasty is a surgical procedure usually performed to correct the defects and deformities of the nasal septum (the partition between the nostrils). A septum is a structure made of bone and cartilage in the central portion of the nose that separates one nasal cavity from another. When the septum is deviated, it can block one side of the nose and can significantly disturb airflow.

    The surgery is typically performed under the influence of general or local anesthesia. After the procedure, dissolvable stitches are used to close the incisions, and nasal packing or splints may be inserted temporarily for support and healing. Generally, septoplasty surgery is safe and effective, but like any surgical procedure, it also carries potential risks and complications. You must consult a qualified surgeon before the procedure to have a better understanding of the procedure and the risks and complications associated with it.

    • Disease name

    Deviated Nasal Septum

    • Surgery name

    Septoplasty

    • Duration

    1 - 2 hours

    • Treated by

    ENT Surgeons (Otolaryngologists)

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    When is a Septoplasty Required?

    Septoplasty is usually required in the following cases:

    • Obstructive sleep apnea: A deviated nasal septum can lead to a gasping and choking feeling while sleeping, known as obstructive sleep apnea. It can lead to insomnia, i.e., chronic lack of sleep, restlessness, and overall lack of rest, disrupting a person’s life. Septoplasty surgery significantly helps in treating this condition. 
    • Chronic headaches: In some cases, deviated nasal septum can lead to severe facial pain and migraines. Due to the constant strain on the muscles surrounding the nose, a patient can start facing problems while breathing. A doctor usually suggests septoplasty surgery to treat chronic headaches. 
    • Chronic/recurring nasal disorders: Postnasal drip and sinus infections are often correlated with a deviated nasal septum. Though they are often considered allergies, rhinitis, and sinusitis are common sequelae of septal deviation that disrupt the patient’s life.
    • Respiratory issues: The most common and serious health issue related to nasal septum deviation is breathing difficulty due to reduced airflow to the lungs.

    Are you going through any of these symptoms?

    Diagnosis Before Septoplasty

    During diagnosis, a doctor conducts a physical examination and suggests imaging tests. During the physical examination, a healthcare provider asks about your medical history to find out whether you have any breathing issues. Following this, they use a speculum to look through your nostrils and check the degree and complexity of the septal deviation.

    Once a physical examination is done, a healthcare provider suggests an X-ray to evaluate the nasal bone structure and check the complexity of the deviation. In some cases, nasal endoscopy is performed. During an endoscopy, a surgeon inserts an endoscope (light with an attached camera) through the nostrils to visualize the internal structures and determine the best course of treatment.

    Surgery procedure for septoplasty?

    Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct a deviated septum. It is usually performed under the influence of general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, a surgeon makes an incision inside the nose to access the septum. After that, a surgeon repositioned or removed the deviated parts to straighten the nasal passage and improve airflow.

    Additional procedures, such as turbinate reduction or nasal valve repair, may be performed if needed. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches, and nasal packing or splints may be used to provide support and prevent bleeding. The duration of the surgery varies, but it is typically an outpatient procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon for personalized information based on your specific case.

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    Benefits of Septoplasty Surgery

    Some potential benefits of septoplasty surgery are as follows:

    • Improved breathing: Septoplasty improves airflow to the lungs by opening the nasal passages and improves the overall breathing capability of the patient.
    • Better sleep quality: A crooked septum can lead to poor sleep quality due to obstructive sleep apnea. Septoplasty improves the airflow and the overall quality of sleep by relieving the obstruction.
    • Reduces sinus infections: Septoplasty helps improve mucus drainage from the sinuses that are previously partially or completely blocked, which prevents further sinus infections.
    • Improved senses: Septoplasty improves senses in patients with impaired smell or taste senses by allowing a better flow of oxygenated air to the body.

    Preparation Before Nasal Septum Surgery

    Here are some tips to follow to prepare yourself for nasal septum surgery:

    • Discuss your medical history, allergies, and information about your eating habits thoroughly with your healthcare provider to avoid the chances of any complications during the surgery. 
    • If you have any bleeding or clotting issues and you are taking blood thinners, then you must consult your healthcare provider regarding their dosage. 
    • Avoid smoking and tobacco as they can potentially increase the chances of risks and complications during the surgery. 
    • Avoid eating and drinking for at least 6-7 hours before the surgery to avoid the chances of anesthesia-related complications. 
    • Avoid wearing makeup, nose rings, etc., on the day of the surgery. Ensure to wear loose-fitting clothing during the surgery so that you are comfortable.

    Recovery After Septoplasty Surgery

    Recovery after septoplasty surgery requires prioritizing rest and avoiding strenuous activities. Take all the prescribed pain medication to manage any discomfort or swelling. Maintain nasal hygiene using saline sprays or rinses to keep the passages clean and moist. Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns. Be cautious not to forcefully blow your nose and follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding the removal of nasal packing or splints, if applicable. Avoid engaging in heavy lifting or exercises for a few weeks, as it can increase blood pressure. By following these guidelines, you can support a smooth recovery after septoplasty surgery.

    Risk & Complications Associated with Septoplasty

    Like any surgical procedure, septoplasty also carries certain risks and complications. Some of the common risks associated with septoplasty surgery are as follows:

    • Bleeding
    • Scarring
    • Perforation of the septum (happens when a hole forms in your septum)
    • An altered nose shape
    • Discoloration of your nose
    • Decreased sense of smell
    • Excessive bleeding and infection 

    Lifestyle Changes After Septoplasty Surgery

    Listed below are some lifestyle changes that you must adopt to promote recovery after the septoplasty surgery:

    • Keep the surgical site and bandages dry and clean. Always use a cotton swab while cleaning the discharge around the surgical site.
    • Change your bandages from time to time to avoid the chances of contamination. Keep your bandages dry for at least the first-week post-surgery.
    • Avoid sports and strenuous activities till your doctor gives you approval for them, as they can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of injury to the operated area.
    • Avoid eating spicy or hot foods as they can lead to swelling and fluid buildup in the nose and sinuses.
    • Take short walks to stay active during the recovery period to improve your blood flow and help relieve the after-effects of the anesthesia.
    • Do not wear spectacles or sunglasses, as they can put pressure on the healing nasal tissues and dislodge them from their new positions.
    • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.
    • Elevate your head using pillows while sleeping, as this will reduce the swelling and help improve recovery.
    • Take all your medications as prescribed and follow all of your surgeon’s postoperative instructions.

    Cost of Septoplasty Surgery

    The average cost of septoplasty surgery ranges from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 60,000. However, this is the estimated cost of the surgery. The final cost of surgery can vary depending on various factors, including:

    • Choice of treatment city and hospital
    • Hospitalization fees
    • Severity of the deviation
    • The extent of the symptoms
    • Additional treatments and surgeries 
    • Post-surgery care and complications 
    • Surgeon’s experience and fees
    • Cost of diagnostic tests
    • Insurance coverage

    Septoplasty Surgery Coverage Under Insurance

    Most health insurance companies often cover the cost of septoplasty surgery as it is a medically necessary procedure. However, the extent of coverage may vary depending on the specific insurance plan and the specifics of the policy. Here is a list of top insurance providers for septoplasty surgery:

    • Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Ltd.Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Ltd.
    • Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd.

    Home Remedies For Deviated/Crooked Nasal Septum

    Here are some home remedies for deviated septum:

    • Incorporate food items that are rich in vitamin C, such as broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, lemon, grapefruit, or lemons. These types of food items help in reducing the secretion of mucus.
    • If you are suffering from sleeping disorders due to a deviated septum and breathing problems, then you must take magnesium and calcium supplements. It helps in inducing a regular sleep pattern. 
    • In severe cases of nasal congestion, you can use a homemade nasal spray of warm water and salt. It helps in getting rid of excessive mucus and nasal congestion when sprayed into the nostrils.
    • Hot peppers are also a great natural remedy for nasal decongestion.
    • Keep a considerable distance from potent allergens that can irritate your nose. Dust, mites, pollen, feathers, etc., are common irritants and allergens.
    • Avoid smoking, as it can make the signs and symptoms of a deviated septum worse. It is important to note that passive smoking can also cause problems.
    • Keep your house clean all the time. Change your bed sheets frequently and remove any unnecessary carpets, as they can trap dust and other allergens.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is septoplasty safe?

    Yes, septoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and when performed properly by an experienced ENT specialist at an advanced treatment center, it is completely safe.

    Is septoplasty covered under insurance?

    Yes, septoplasty is usually covered under insurance as it is not an aesthetic surgery and is usually considered medically necessary for the correction of respiratory issues and their related sequelae. 

    Will my nose change shape after a septoplasty?

    No, there are no external (aesthetic) facial changes after a septoplasty as the surgery is minimally invasive and the surgical instruments are inserted through the nostrils. 

    How long will I have septoplasty splints in my nose?

    External nose splints are usually kept for at least 1-2 weeks but internal nose splints can be removed within a week. However, you cannot remove the splints on your own without your surgeon’s permission as this duration can vary based on the severity of the condition and the complexity of the surgery.

    Can I get septoplasty and rhinoplasty together?

    Yes, if you need both aesthetic and septal correction, you can get a rhinoplasty and septoplasty together. This procedure is also known as a rhinoseptoplasty.

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