Consultants who perform this procedure
Why would I need nasal septoplasty?
You would undergo a nasal septoplasty if you have a deviated septum. This could be something that you have had since birth, or it can happen because of an injury.
A deviated septum can cause you to have breathing problems, nasal obstruction, recurring nosebleeds, and facial pain.
What symptoms does nasal septoplasty address?
Nasal septoplasty should help mitigate some or all of the symptoms listed above.
When should you speak to your specialist about nasal septoplasty?
If you have a deviated septum and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above because of it, you might want to consider speaking to your specialist about the possibility of undergoing a nasal septoplasty.
How is nasal septoplasty performed?
Nasal septoplasty usually takes approximately 30-90 minutes and can be performed under general or local anaesthetic.
During the procedure, an incision is made into your nose and the surgeon will then move the septum into the correct position.
What is the recovery for nasal septoplasty?
Your recovery from nasal septoplasty depends on multiple factors, and it can take several weeks before you are able to fully resume your regular activities (including sports).
You and your surgeon will discuss what you can expect after your surgery and what the best options will be for your recovery.
Are there any risks/complications associated with nasal septoplasty?
As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist or surgeon about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.
Some complications that have been associated with nasal septoplasty are:
- A change to the shape of the nose
- Discoloration of the nose
- Septal perforation (perforation of the septum)
- Septal hematoma (excess blood in the nasal space)
- Decreased sense of smell
- The symptoms you had prior to the procedure don’t go away
How can I prepare for nasal septoplasty?
Prior to nasal septoplasty you should discuss the preparations you should make with your surgeon, as there are several that could be suggested and they vary depending on the person.
Are there alternatives for nasal septoplasty?
Depending on what symptoms your deviated septum is causing, there are some alternatives you can try prior to undergoing surgery. If you have a nasal obstruction, you might first try the following to help with your breathing:
- Steroid nasal sprays
- Over-the-counter allergy medications
- A nasal irrigation device (e.g. a neti pot)
- Nasal strips
- Using a vaporiser or humidifier