Septoplasty

What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a procedure that is performed in order to repair a deviated nasal septum. The nasal septum separates the nose into two sections or cavities. 

 

How does the procedure work?

Septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make an incision to lift the mucous membrane off the cartilage, before repositioning or removing the bone or cartilage that is causing the blockage.  All this is done with specialised equipment and cameras within the nasal cavities. No cuts are made on the face and there is no bruising expected with this procedure.

 

Why is it performed?

Septoplasty is performed in cases where the nasal septum has become bent and is causing nasal obstruction (difficulty breathing through the nose). Septoplasty can also be performed as part of the treatment for severe nosebleeds that can’t be easily controlled by other means.

 

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Endoscopic septoplasty is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 

 

What can I expect after the surgery?

A dissolvable material is placed into the nasal cavities after the surgery to help with healing and to minimise the risk of potential bleeding. There will be no bruising around the eyes. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure. Once at home, you will be asked to gently wash out the nose with a salt-water preparation. This helps clear the nasal passages. It normally takes 1-2 weeks to fully recover from the surgery and anaesthetic.