Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is often done to correct a deviated nasal septum. When the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates the nasal cavities is crooked or not aligned correctly, it can cause troublesome conditions such as chronic sinusitis. Deviated septums can arise from birth, however, in the majority of cases, severe trauma to the nose is the cause.
How Does It Work?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Farole will conduct a full evaluation of your inner nostrils to determine if a septoplasty is right for you. At the time of your surgical procedure, you’ll undergo either general or local anesthesia depending on personal preference.
The procedure itself is performed entirely through the nostrils leaving no outer scar or post-surgical signs. During your short, hour and a half long procedure, Dr. Farole will gently reconstruct and straighten the septum.
There is very little downtime associated with the minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Patients can return to non-strenuous activities the day after their surgery. As you heal over the next week or so, you can begin to return to normal activities. Pain is minimal with septoplasty surgery and patients are typically able to breathe comfortably immediately after the procedure.
Is Septoplasty Right for Me?
A septoplasty may be right for you if you experience difficulty breathing through your nose, have problems with snoring, or suffer from continued sinus infections. Patients who have had past trauma to the nose are also good candidates for the procedure.
Those seeking a cosmetic change along with improved nasal function may want to consider adding a rhinoplasty surgery at the same time.
Due to continued tissue growth, minors are typically not candidates for septoplasty surgery.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Results from the one-time procedure are long-lasting. Within 3-6 weeks nasal airflow is significantly improved. The results allow for better sleep, fewer nosebleeds and sinus infections as well as better overall breathing. Patients have also reported a better sense of smell and taste after their septoplasty procedure.
If a deviated septum is the sole factor causing your chronic sinusitis, the problem can be corrected for good.