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Septoplasty is surgery to correct an uneven septum. The septum is cartilage in the nose that separates the left and right nostrils. It controls airflow and supports the mucous membranes in the nose. When the septum isn’t even, it results in one nostril being larger than the other. A deviated septum is a condition in which the deviation is severe enough to cause symptoms including:
During septoplasty, in most cases, depending on the severity Dr. Shahidi makes an incision in the nostrils where the scar can’t be seen. This opens up the nasal passages internally and improves breathing. Dr. Shahidi might perform both septoplasty and sinus surgery in patients with sinusitis or with severely blocked nasal passages.
You should expect some bleeding and discharge during the first few weeks after septoplasty and sinus surgery. There will be swelling and bruising that will go down gradually during the first few weeks of recovery. Your nose will feel blocked until the swelling goes down. To relieve congestion, sleep and rest with your head elevated.
Avoid blowing your nose during the recovery period. Dr. Shahidi performs septoplasty and sinus surgery in Sydney hospitals overnight or as day procedures. You will receive a post-op advice sheet advising you on which medication to take for pain. Dr. Shahidi might also instruct you to use a sinus rinse or saline spray to remove debris in your nasal passages.
Always follow your doctor’s advice about when you can resume activities such as playing sports, lifting heavy items, or air travel. It can take up to one year or longer to fully recover from your nasal and sinus surgery, depending on the severity of the deviation.
As many as 80% of people might have a deviated septum. Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis as a result don’t always realize the cause of their illness. A crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of sinuses, leading to recurring sinus infections. Septoplasty to straighten the septum opens up both passages for better drainage and less frequent sinus infections. However only upon physical examination and review of your CT scan of your sinuses could we determine if septoplasty alone would improve your sinuses problems.
Congestion and discharge usually last for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Shahidi will clean your nose and sinuses of fluid and blood left from the surgery.
The turbinates are bony, scroll-like structures in the nose. They have a mucous lining that filters and humidifies the air that passes through your nasal passages. Sometimes, when a septum becomes deviated, the turbinates grow bigger too. This increases the blockage and breathing problems associated with the deviated septum.
During septoplasty and turbinate surgery, Dr. Shahidi straightens the septum and reduces the size of the turbinates. The goal of surgery is to improve breathing and sinus drainage while preserving enough turbinate tissue to retain normal function.
Surgery usually lasts no more than 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the condition. Dr. Shahidi will discuss your procedure with you prior to the surgery so that you know what to expect during and after your procedure.
If you think your frequent sinus infections might be due to a deviated septum, contact us today. Dr. Shahidi has extensive experience in performing septoplasty and sinus surgery in Sydney. He is a qualified ENT specialist who has received the highest qualification awarded to Australian Surgeons – FRACS (Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons).