Septoplasty and Septorhinoplasty

Septoplasty is surgery on the septum of the nose i.e. the thin dividing wall in your nose between the nostrils. The operation is required if you have a deviated septum which is causing obstruction of the nasal passage which in turn results in breathing difficulties or in poor drainage of the sinuses. It may cause sleeping disorders such as snoring. If the deviated septum causes a bend in the outward appearance of the nose then septorhinoplasty surgery may be performed at the same time to improve the look of the nose.

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The operation can be performed under general anesthetic or is sometimes performed with just an injection to the nose and is completed within an hour. It is usually the inside of the nose that is operated on unless your situation is complex and there should not be much bruising or scarring on the outside. However, you will most likely have dressings on the outside and soft splints on the inside for about two weeks after surgery and you will be breathing through your mouth. You must sneeze with your mouth open. Check with your specialist about the wearing of glasses as this may not be possible for a while.

Be prepared to stay at home for a week and you might find reading Rhinoplasty Before and After useful. Reading Rhinoplasty Specialist Surgeons / Otolaryngologyuseful for finding the right person to do your surgery.

After surgery do watch out for nose bleeds and if any happen within the first few weeks get back in touch with your medical team immediately. In rare and extreme circumstances you may have to return to the operating theatre. Infections in your nose must be reported quickly too.

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