Septoplasty Preparation

To restructure the shape of nasal septum, septoplasty surgery is done. Aim of this surgical procedure is to repair faults or defects of the septum. Nasal septum is the partition in the mid of two nostrils. In adults, the septum is made up of cartilage as well as bone. Septal deformations are either present from birth or arise due to some injury. Many people do not develop any symptoms even their septum is deviated. Only in case of severely distorted nasal septum showing significant symptoms septoplasty surgery could be needed to be done.

Preparation for Septoplasty:

Before undergoing septoplasty, you should understand benefits and risks of the surgery with your surgeon. This meet could generally include:

  • Your Medical Record.

    Your doctor tracks your medical record and inquires about your health conditions, as well as any present medications.

  • A Physical Examination.

  • Your doctor will do physical examination of your skin and nose. Blood tests & other tests are also carried out

  • Photographs.

  • Your surgeon will also arrange to take photographs of your nose from diverse angles. Your doctor will refer these photos during and after surgery and will also use them for before-and-after assessments.

  • Your Expectations Should be Discussed.

  • You should discuss the things clearly with your doctor. Your doctor will explain what septoplasty would be the results of septoplasty & what changes would occur.

  • Stop Certain Medications.

  • Avoid medications that could increase your risk to bleeding such as aspirin, ibuprofen two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks following the surgery.

  • Stop Smoking in Case you do.

  • Smoking reduces the process of healing post surgery.

  • You need 1-2 weeks free time before undergoing Septoplasty. Many patients are at ease & ready to go out in public after 2 weeks of surgery.  

  • You should wear a loose front button blouse or shirt on the day of surgery, which is easy to take off & does not have to be pulled over head.

  • Make Planning for the Day of Surgery.

  • After 24 hrs of sedation, you might go through lapses of memory and weaken judgment. Therefore, it is essential to have someone along for assistance who can help you as well as take you home if it’s an outpatient procedure. Also, it is important to arrange a family member or friend or close person to stay with you and take your personal care by the time you recover from surgery.

Requirements and Diagnosis for Septoplasty:

The Prime Circumstances that Might Recommend a Need for Septoplasty Include:

  • Obstruction of Nasal airway 
  • Septal deformity
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Severe and uncontrolled nosebleeds
  • Critical sinusitis due to deviated septum
  • Disruptive sleep
  • Tumor removal
  • Turbinate surgery

Septoplasty Process:

The majority of the septoplasty procedures are completed in 90 mins or less and generally involves the cutting out or removal of bone surplus or cartilage that’s reason of the obstruction. Under the supervision of a local or general anesthesia, the surgeon will start working through the nostrils to formulate a septoplasty incision on the septum’s coating so that the marked cartilage could be reached during the surgery.

Once the surplus bone and cartilage have been separated & removed through the septoplasty incision, septum is stabilized by using of stitches, small plastic tubes or splints.