A septoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct nasal obstruction resulting from a deviated nasal septum. This is a 30 minute procedure often performed under general anesthesia. In select cases, it can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.
The principle behind a septoplasty is straightforward: to restore proper airflow via the nasal passage by removing anatomic obstructions. This results in decreased nasal obstruction. Everything is done through the nose, therefore, the patient does not have any visible incisions or bruising after surgery.
Traditionally, large amounts of packing were placed in the patient’s nasal passage after surgery. This is still practiced today in certain situations, however, at GNO Snoring & Sinus we do NOT use nasal packing. It only adds to patient discomfort and is therefore not part of our surgical procedure.
The recovery time from a septoplasty is quite short. Patients can expect some minor nasal congestion due to swelling but can return to work in a matter of 1-2 days, depending on their preference. Patients are routinely seen about 1 week after surgery for their first post operative visit.
If you would like to learn more about a septoplasty, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.