The nasal septum divides the left nostril from the right nostril like a very thin wall. Bone and cartilage make up the nasal septum. It is also covered by a membrane which is full of blood vessels. Ideally, the nasal septum is located at the center, dividing the nasal passages in equal sizes. However, most people will have a slightly asymmetrical nasal septum.
One very common problem in the nose is deviation in the nasal septum. According to anatomy, the nasal septum is designed to separate the nostril and comprises two bones as well as a quadrangular cartilage. Normally, the nasal septum is centrally located, separating the passage in a symmetrical fashion. However, when it comes to deviations, there is an inclination of the cartilage to either the left or the right side. This deviation may present itself at birth (congenital disorder), or it may develop later. When it comes to the first case, compression that occurs during the time of birth is the usual cause. In the later case, certain forms of physical trauma such as a hard hit in the nasal area could displace the nasal septum.
The recommended surgical procedure for nasal septum straightening is septoplasty. This procedure is said to be performed in combination with sinus surgery or rhinoplasty depending on the severity of the deviated septom. Septoplasty is completely performed through the nostrils without the use of outer cuts. Before the surgery, a local or general anesthesia is given to the patient.
Post Deviated Septum Surgery Recovery
The usual duratino of septoplasty is between 60 and 90 minutes. After 3 to 7 days, the patient can continue to work. Deviated septum surgery recovery time can be extended when septoplasy is used in combination with other procedures.
Post Deviated Septum Surgery Aftercare
After the procedure is finished, the surgeon will introduce nasal packing in the nostrils with the intention of preventing excessive blood loss. A piece of gauge may also be placed below the nose to absorb blood. It is recommended to change the gauze frequently in order to keep the risk of infection at a minimum.
Deviated Septum Surgery Side Effects
Like any other procedure, mild swelling and bleeding is a common occurrence in the first few days after the procedure. Usually, these side effects are gone within 1-2 days.
Deviated Septum Surgery Costs
Considering the cost of surgery, one major factor is how complex and difficult the procedure is. The patient can pay between USD 3,000 – 10,000. In some cases, they can be extended.
Post Deviated Septum Surgery Precautions to take
While in the recovery period, the patient must do some nasal irrigation with the use of saline solution as directed by the physician. Also, it is not recommended for the patient to blow his or her nose. However, a gentle blowing can be accomplished so avoid messing up the surgical site. Most patient will fully recover without any complications if proper care is taken.