Nasal obstruction can be significant source of morbidity and limit activities of daily living. Nasal obstruction can make exercising difficult and cause snoring. The nose plays an important functional role in breathing and air humidification. It is critical to respect and protect the functional nature of the nose when performing nasal surgery. If airway obstruction or difficulty breathing is a problem for you there are ways to improve that with surgery. This can be done alone as a Septoplasty or combined with procedures to improve the appearance of the nose. Some breathing issues are related to the internal and external valves that are unrelated to the septum. These can be addressed with various grafting techniques.
Septoplasty can be performed at any age but it’s better suited for patients who have reached full facial growth. Some breathing issues are related to the internal and external valves that are unrelated to the septum. These can be addressed with various grafting techniques. Healthy patients with the following issues are best candidates:
- Nasal Trauma
- Deviated septum
- Septal spurs
- Large inferior turbinates
- Internal or external valve collapse
Septoplasty is frequently combined with aesthetic rhinoplasty. Depending on the issue causing the obstruction the repair can be performed with a closed or open technique. Different grafting techniques may be need to address internal and external valve collapse, such as spreader grafts and alar strut grafts.
Nasal surgery is typically an outpatient procedure and performed in an accredited surgical facility with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. The procedure may take between 3-4 hours. Nasal packing is rarely used but thin nasal Splints and a cast will be in place for 7 days. It typically is not that painful but you may have a dull aching sensation for the first few days. Head elevation and ice are helpful to reduce swelling and bruising.
The majority of the swelling will be resolved by 10-14 days but it may take 6-9 months for the final nasal contour to be appreciated as the healing process occurs.
Recovery Time: 7-10 days
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