PROCESS BEFORE SURGERY
Septoplasty or sub mucosa septal resection and septal reconstruction is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum. Your surgeon will ask to discontinue any anti-inflammatory meds and blood thinners pre-surgery to avoid bleeding during and post procedure. The procedure is mostly done under General anesthesia.
Nil by mouth post 12 midnight.
Ensure a family member or friend is available to accompany and drive you back home. Pre- surgery pictures and markings for surgery.
A septoplasty takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The surgeon will make an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. He or she will then lift up the mucus membrane (the protective covering of the septum). Then, the surgeon will shift the deviated septum into its proper position. Obstructions like extra pieces of bone or cartilage will be removed. The final step is the repositioning of the mucus membrane. You may need stitches to hold the septum and membrane in place. Sometimes, packing the nose with cotton is enough to hold the structures in position.
Tips for a quicker recovery include:
Although wound healing after a septoplasty may be fairly rapid, the overall healing process can be slow. Cartilage and other nasal tissues can take up to a year to settle into their new shape. Your breathing is likely to improve shortly after surgery and will continue to improve as your nose heals.