The septum is the part of the nose that separates the nostrils into two nasal passages. This structure is responsible for directing the air that flows through the nose. The nasal septum is composed of a thin bone that is located at the back and cartilage in the front. There are times when the septum deviates from its normal position when either the bone or the cartilage is not straight. This condition can impede a person’s normal breathing and may lead to complications such as sleep apnea or snoring.
How is a deviated septum treated?
A deviated septum can be corrected through a surgery known as septoplasty. This surgical procedure straightens the nasal septum and repositions it back to the middle of the nose. This may be done by removing parts of the septum and reinserting them into their proper position. When planning septoplasty surgery, Dr. Totonchi ensures that the patient’s symptoms are taken into consideration, including his or her breathing difficulties and the features and physical structures of his or her nose. During your consultation for plastic surgery in Cleveland, Dr. Totonchi, he will detail the procedure and its potential outcomes.
Why is septoplasty done?
Some cases of deviated septum are minor and may not require surgical intervention. However, in more severe cases, the condition can actually block a side of the nose and impede airflow, making breathing difficult. This condition can also lead to drying of the nasal cavity, causing bleeding and crusting. It these types of cases, the patient should seek immediate attention and should anticipate surgery.
How can I prepare for my septoplasty?
The first step toward correcting your deviated septum is a consultation with Dr. Totonchi. During this meeting, the two of you will go through your medical history, Dr. Totonchi will perform a physical exam, and you will discuss the benefits and risks associated with the surgery. If you are taking medications, they may have to be adjusted prior to surgery. It is important to share any history of headache during consultation, since some of the headaches might respond to septoplasty surgery. Septoplasty can also be performed at the time of rhinoplasty surgery.
What can I expect during my septoplasty appointment?
Septoplasty is usually done under general anaesthesia. Incisions will be made inside the nose and not visible from outside, the necessary reshaping of your septum accomplished, and then the incisions will be closed with absorbable thread. It’s likely your septum will be supported with soft silicone splints, these splints are usually removed 1-2 weeks after surgery.
After the procedure, Dr. Totonchi advises his patients to avoid blowing their nose and performing strenuous activities such as jogging, aerobics, and heavy weight lifting. Elevating your head during sleep is also important to prevent bleeding.