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What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is also known as septal resection or septal reconstruction surgery. The surgery involves reshaping, straightening, and realigning the nasal septum, i.e., the cartilaginous structure dividing the space between the nostrils. 

During the surgery, the surgeon cuts and removes parts of the nasal septum before reinserting them in the proper position. It is generally performed for patients with a  severely deviated nasal septum, as it can reduce and deviate the airflow on either or both sides of the septum, making it harder for the patient to breathe.

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      Best septoplasty treatment centers in India

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      Septoplasty is a major surgical procedure and can result in severe complications if not performed correctly. Therefore, to ensure successful surgery with a seamless surgical experience, Pristyn Care is associated with the best ENT hospitals in India. Additionally, Pristyn Care has advanced ENT clinics where patients can avail expert consultation and treatment for deviated nasal septum.

      All Pristyn Care treatment centers have an advanced state-of-the-art infrastructure where expert ENT specialists with 10+ years of experience provide septoplasty through minimally invasive USFDA-approved procedures. 

      Additionally, at Pristyn Care, all aspects of the patient’s treatment journey are enhanced to provide seamless treatment. A care coordinator takes care of all the documentation required during the surgery, including hospitalization, insurance claims, discharge summary, etc. The patient is also provided with complimentary cab and meal services for the surgery. Connect with us on the given number to find out more.

      What happens during septoplasty treatment?

      What happens during septoplasty treatment?

      Diagnosis

      Diagnosis for septoplasty surgery is performed through a mix of physical examination and imaging tests.  During the physical examination, the ENT doctor will collect your medical history to find out whether you have any breathing issues. Following this, he will use a speculum to look through your nostrils and check the degree and complexity of the septal deviation.

      Once a physical examination is done, the patient may need an X-ray to help the doctor evaluate the patient’s nasal bone structure and confirm the complexity of the deviation. A nasal endoscopy may also be performed. During an endoscopy, the 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

      Septoplasty is the straightening of the nasal septum by trimming, repositioning, and replacing the bone or cartilage making up the nasal septum. Nowadays, thanks to medical advancements, septoplasty is performed with minimal invasion and without any major complications.

      Depending on the complexity of the surgery and whether the surgery is being combined with another surgical procedure (like FESS, tonsillitis, etc.), septoplasty can be performed under either local or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision to access the cartilage and bone inside the septum. In case of bony deviation, parts of the bone are cut out, and the space is re-filled using graft tissues. 

      Once the structures are re-aligned and strengthened, the incision is closed with an absorbable suture, and silicone splints are inserted in both nostrils to help support the septum. The surgeon also inserts bandages into the nose as packing to help control the bleeding.

      The surgery is usually performed outpatient, so the patient can go home on the same day and spend their recovery period at home. However, they need approval from their ENT surgeon and regular postoperative consultations before traveling or performing any strenuous activities.

      How to prepare for septoplasty?

      How to prepare for septoplasty?

      To avoid postoperative complications, it is best to prepare diligently for a septoplasty operation. You can prepare for the surgery by following the given tips:

      • Provide your ENT surgeon with your entire medical history record, including information regarding your dietary and medical allergies, without fail. 
      • If you have any bleeding or clotting disorders for which you are taking blood thinners, then you need to consult both your regular physician and your ENT specialist regarding their dosage in the days leading to the surgery.
      • Smoking and tobacco usage slow down recovery and increase the risk of complications, so refrain from smoking for at least a week leading to the surgery.
      • If you are undergoing surgery under general anesthesia, then refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight on the day before the surgery.
      • Do not wear any makeup, nose rings, etc., on the day of the surgery.
      • Wear loose-fitting clothing during the surgery so that you are comfortable.

      What to expect after a septoplasty?

      What to expect after a septoplasty?

      There is no aesthetic damage after the surgery as the surgery is performed through the nostrils. In most cases, the patient doesn’t even get black eyes. However, there is a little pain and discomfort due to the packing, splints, and surgical incisions.

      Post-surgical swelling may last for about 2-3 days and drainage for 2-5 days. Generally, over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs (paracetamol, ibuprofen) are enough to manage the pain. If the patient has nasal congestion, they can use saline sprays, irrigation fluids, etc., to clear it. While the patient’s breathing will clear within a couple of weeks as the splint comes off, complete healing will take at least 3 months.

      When is a septoplasty required?

      When is a septoplasty required?

      Septoplasty is usually required in the following cases:

      • Obstructive sleep apnea: A deviated nasal septum can lead to gasping and choking feeling while sleeping, known as obstructive sleep apnea. This can lead to insomnia, i.e., chronic lack of sleep, restlessness, and overall lack of rest disrupting a person’s life.
      • Chronic headaches: A deviated nasal septum can lead to severe facial pain and migraines due to the constant strain on the muscles surrounding the nose as the patient struggles to breathe.
      • Chronic/Recurring nasal disorders: Postnasal drip and sinus infections are often correlated with a deviated nasal septum. Though they are often confused as allergies, rhinitis and sinusitis are common sequelae of septal deviation that disrupt the patient’s life.
      • Severe nosebleeds (epistaxis): Though nosebleeds are generally treated as minor issues, severe and frequent nosebleeds, known as epistaxis, caused due to tension headaches and nasal drips, can even be life-threatening in certain cases. 

      Respiratory issues: The most common and serious health issue related to nasal septum deviation is breathing difficulty due to reduced airflow to the lungs.

      What are the benefits of a septoplasty?

      What are the benefits of a septoplasty?

      • 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.
      • Fewer sinus infections: Septoplasty helps improve mucus drainage from the sinuses that were previously partially or completely blocked, which prevents further sinus infections.

      Improved senses: Septoplasty improves senses for patients with impaired smell or taste senses by allowing better flow of oxygenated air to the body.

      Recovery tips after septoplasty

      Recovery tips after septoplasty

      Healing after septoplasty is a slow process as it takes time for the tissues to settle in their new positions, but most patients notice a significant improvement in their breathing within 2-3 weeks of the surgery. Complete healing of the cartilage and nasal tissues after septoplasty can take as long as 3-6 months.

      You can improve your recovery by following the given instructions:

      • Keep the surgical site and bandages clean and dry. If you want to clean your face, then use a damp cloth to do so and use a cotton swab while cleaning the discharge around the surgical site.
      • Change your bandages as and when directed by your physician. Do not wet your bandages during the first week of your recovery period.
      • 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.
      •  Rest as much as possible as it will help your body focus on healing.
      • Do not eat 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.

      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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      Case study

      Case study

      Ankita (pseudonym), in her early 20s, was used to frequent headaches, colds, and sinus issues since her childhood. When her symptoms got really bad, she abandoned her usual treatment techniques and home remedies and sought treatment on the internet, which led her to Pristyn Care. 

      She visited Pristyn Care for a consultation and our ENT specialist diagnosed her with allergic sinusitis along with a deviated nasal septum. Along with a deviated nasal septum, she also had enlarged adenoids which were preventing her from breathing properly. After further consideration and deliberation with her ENT doctor, her treatment plan was decided, which comprised of a FESS procedure and a septoplasty. 

      Her surgery was scheduled within 2-3 days of the consultation and she did not have to worry about the insurance documentation at all as the entire process was handled by our Pristyn Care care coordinators. She had some discomfort after the procedure, but within a week, she noticed a significant improvement in her breathing. During one of her postoperative follow-up checkups, she told us that this was the first time she had been breathing this easily in the past 20 years. After the surgery, she left rave reviews about her experience at Pristyn Care and our ENT specialist, Dr. Tanvi Srivastava.

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        Rajesh Kumar Mewati 4 months ago

        “Excellent doctor (Dr.Neeraj Aggarwal) and team. Wonderful services. My septoplasty surgery was painless and quick. The results are great. ”

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        Rohan 4 months ago

        “Excellent co-ordination from the assigned rep (Nadesh) from Pristyn care. Septoplasty surgery went well and in recovery phase. Everything appears to be going smoothly. Initially was doubtful about the kind of doctors or hospital and insurance coverage but it was very nicely done by the Pristyn care team. Thank you.”

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        Tulsi 4 months ago

        “Well-coordinated service from consultation, appointment, and treatment at the hospital to post-surgical follow-up, best doctors, and best health care facilities. Thanks to the Pristyn team Dr. Sudhagar ME and Pristyn consultant Mr.Nadesh.”

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        Prasanna 5 months ago

        “My septoplasty surgery was successful. Excellent service from Pristyn Care, just as I wanted. Right from processing the finance to fixing the doctor's appointment, from surgery to stay at the hospital, everything was excellent. Thanks a ton to the team especially to Mr.Lingaraj. Thanks a lot. ”

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