Table of contents:
- Septoplasty Procedure
- Side Effects and Risks of Septoplasty
- Preparations That Can Be Done Before the Septoplasty Procedure
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to straighten or correct the shape of the cartilage between the two nostrils (septum). This procedure is necessary because the shape of the septum that is not straight can block one side of the nose, so that airflow is also disrupted
Septoplasty surgery is performed to correct a crooked septum (deviated septum) by cutting the crooked part, then rearranging the position of the septum piece to be straight. That way, the septum is right in the middle of the nose and the airways of both nostrils can be opened again.
Before performing this procedure, the doctor will begin by examining the inside of the nose, usually by performing a nasal endoscopy. You will be scheduled for a septoplasty operation if the doctor assesses your condition requires surgery and you agree to have surgery.
During the operation, the doctor will first give you an anesthetic. Anesthesia can be either local or general anesthesia. After that, the doctor will make an incision on one side of your nose to remove the mucous membrane (mucosa) that protects the septum.
Next, the doctor will change the shape of the bent septum. The doctor may cut off some of the bone or excess cartilage to allow the septum to be centered. After that, the doctor will close the septum again with a mucous membrane.
You may need stitches, but usually a bandage is enough to keep the septum and mucous membranes in position. Usually the septoplasty surgical procedure only takes 30–90 minutes, depending on the condition of each patient's nose.
Side Effects and Risks of Septoplasty
In general, septoplasty does not cause significant side effects. However, the same as other surgical procedures, septoplasty surgery still has risks, such as:
- Sedation allergy
- Nose color changed
- Formation of scar tissue
- There is a tear or hole in the septum
- The sense of smell decreases
After the septoplasty operation is complete, you are usually immediately allowed to go home. In order to reduce the risk of postoperative side effects, there are several things you need to do, namely:
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Avoid blowing your nose at least 3 days after septoplasty surgery.
- Elevate your head while sleeping using stacked pillows.
- Make sure you understand the doctor's instructions regarding the care and treatment of the nose after septoplasty surgery.
Preparations That Can Be Done Before the Septoplasty Procedure
There are several things you need to prepare before septoplasty surgery, including:
- Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and blood thinners
- Make sure the doctor knows all your medical history, such as if there is a history of bleeding or drug allergies
- If the operation uses general anesthesia, avoid eating or drinking after midnight the day before the surgery.
- Ask a family member or friend to accompany you during the operation and drive you home after the operation.
Septoplasty surgery is not only for improving appearance. In some cases, a deviated septum can cause complaints that are quite disturbing and reduce a person's quality of life, such as repeated nosebleeds or sleep disturbances.
Therefore, if you feel that your nose condition requires septoplasty surgery, don't hesitate to consult a plastic surgeon regarding this. That way, the doctor can provide advice and treatment that best suits your condition.