Septoplasty surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils in the nose. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is crooked or off-center, which can cause difficulty breathing, snoring, sinus infections, and other problems.
Septoplasty surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and involves making an incision inside the nose to access the septum. The surgeon will then reposition the septum into a more central position, remove any obstructions, and possibly reshape the cartilage or bone to improve airflow. In some cases, the surgeon may use splints or packing to support the septum during healing.
Recovery time after septoplasty surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgery, but most people are able to return to work and normal activities within a week or two. After the surgery, the patient will need to avoid blowing their nose and may experience some swelling and discomfort for several days.
Septoplasty surgery has a high success rate and can significantly improve breathing and reduce symptoms associated with a deviated septum. However, as with any surgery, there are risks involved, including bleeding, infection, and complications related to anesthesia. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of septoplasty surgery with a qualified healthcare provider.