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Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Repair Surgery)

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What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical treatment for deviated septum, which corrects damage or deformities to the septum (the portion of cartilage that separates the nostrils). While a minor deviation in the septum is common and does not cause serious health issues, if the deviation is severe, it can cause nasal obstruction and affect breathing quality. A severely deviated septum can also cause insufficient nasal drainage from the sinuses. Either of these side effects are serious health concerns, and require treatment from an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor.

Why is septoplasty performed?

Septoplasty surgery is usually performed to help relieve nasal obstruction that is impeding airflow. It may also be performed in addition to other surgical procedures, including polypectomy or sinus surgery, which also aim to increase the size of the nasal passageway

What does septoplasty involve?

Deviated septum surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, and doctors generally use an anesthetic to keep patients comfortable during the deviated septum repair. During the procedure, an experienced New York ENT physician will straighten the septum and reposition the cartilage to the center of the nose. Septoplasty may involve removing certain parts of the septum, which can aid in reshaping the area.

After the area has been completely reshaped, your doctor will close up the area using stitches and usually small pieces of cotton are placed around the area to catch any discharge or bleeding during the healing process.

What are the advantages of having septoplasty?

Immediately after the septoplasty procedure, patients experience initial swelling and stuffy nose. However, within a few weeks, most patients report a substantial improvement in nasal airflow. After the septoplasty procedure, you can expect the following:

  • Improved breathing– Due to the opening up of the nasal passages, the overall breathing function is greatly improved.
  • Restored senses – Some patients lose their sense of taste or smell as a result of the nasal blockage. Once the airway is working properly, these senses are usually completely restored.
  • Improved sleep health – When the septum is in the proper shape, allowing maximum airflow, patients are less likely to suffer from lowered sleep quality from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Decreased occurrence of sinus infections, nosebleeds, or headaches– Widening the nasal passageway ensures proper drainage of the sinuses, which reduces stuffiness and pressure headaches.

If you are suffering from a deviated septum and believe you may need a septoplasty, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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