1. What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is the surgical procedure to straighten a deviated, twisted, bent or crooked septum to improve breathing, function, sinus infections, comfort and possibly, cosmetic.
2. How succesful is the surgery?
Septoplasty is a common nasal surgery, and most people recover well.
3. How do I know if I need a septoplasty?
It is best to have a good nasal exam by an Otolaryngologist. There are some medical treatments that can reduce nasal swelling.
4. When and why is a septoplasty done?
A septoplasty is done if the septum is so crooked that it interferes with breathing or causes other problems. Few people actually have a perfectly straight septum, but in most cases the amount of bending is not large enough to be noticed.
5. Will I be able to breathe better after surgery?
The surgery improves the patient's ability to breathe through their nose.
6. How long will I have swelling and bruising after nasal surgery?
With current techniques used there can be minimal swelling and bruising after the surgery. If the patients do have a small amount of bruising after surgery it is usually for a period of 1-2 days.
7. Will the structure of my nose be altered after surgery?
No if Septoplasty is the only procedure that was performed then it would not alter the basic structure of the nose.
8. What is the medication that would be prescribed?
Antibiotics, Codeine or hydrocodone, Phenergan suppositories are some of the common medications used.