Nose & Sinus Clinic

Septoplasty

The nose is partitioned in the middle by the nasal septum, dividing it into two nostrils. The nasal septum is made of cartilage and bone. Sometimes, due to injury or simply through natural growth it may be bent, buckled or deviated to one (or both) sides causing airway blockage and compromising the normal sinus ventilation.

How is the Septoplasty performed

Septoplasty is performed under light narcosis.  Since we are using the keyhole surgical technique, only small cut is made inside the nose without the need for external scars.  During the surgery, we will reshape the cartilage in order to have free airflow on both side.

After the surgery we will insert a small silicon sheet inside your nose for 5 days, to protect the newly created septum. Since we are using minimal invasive  method  nasal packing is not necessary. Recovery is no more than 3 days.

Septoplasty takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of septal deviation. There are no black eyes after the surgery and the outward shape of the nose is not altered. Septoplasty is commonly combined with rhinoplasty, which is a cosmetic procedure aimed to improve shape of your nose. With the availability of the finest instrumentation and high skills of our surgeon, you can leave the hospital on the same day.

Before the Septoplasty surgery

We advise that you stop smoking as soon as possible and avoid extensive sun exposure. Also, there are certain foods to be avoided, as they affect the development of blood clotting, like: Aspirin, Vitamin E, St John’s wort, dietary supplement, Otrivine, NSAID, garlic, ginseng, at least 2 weeks prior of the surgery.

Also, any facial injectable material you might have done must be shared with us.

In the Hospital - first six hours

You may wake up with some packing in your nose to stop any bleeding. If present, this should be left alone and will be removed by your doctor when appropriate.

  • Do not blow your nose for 7 days
  • If you experience any pain, please call the nurse and the pain can easily be managed by regular painkiller

The first week at home

  • You may get a blood stain / pinkish discharge for a few days. The bleeding gets less and less as the days go by, but there may still be a little “spotting” on your handkerchief even up to a few weeks after the surgery. This is common.
  • Avoid all moderate and heavy physical activity, including sport for ten days after the operation. Avoid bending down to pick things up, especially heavy weights. Active sport should not be commenced for two weeks after the surgery, and even then, it should be increased gradually
  • It is normal for the nose to be feel blocked for several days  and up to two weeks after the surgery, as the swelling settles.
  • You must irrigate your nose frequently “douching” at least 3 times a day with the saline solution provided to clear away scabs and crusting which occurs after the operation.
  • Avoid smoky and dusty atmospheres if possible, as this may irritate the nasal lining.
  • Avoid very hot baths and showers.
  • If you take aspirin, please discuss this with Dr. Levente, as you may need to avoid taking it, since it could potentially increase the risk of nasal bleeding.
  • It is  advised not to drive for 48 hours, because of the effects  of the general anesthetic.
  • You should not plan to go away on holiday for at least two weeks after your operation.

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