Nasal septum surgery (Septoplasty)
Nose damage can cause deviation to the nasal septum inside the nose, which obstructs the nasal passage. Nasal septum surgery corrects this so that the nasal passage becomes more open. The results of such a procedure depend on the shape of the nasal bone and nasal cartilage as well as hereditary disposition and age.
Prior nasal septum surgery
Those who feel they have a cold or are ill before their sinus surgery must contact Art Clinic as soon as possible. It is important that one is infection free on the day of surgery. One must also fast.
Surgical procedure – nasal septum surgery
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and takes approx. 1-1.5 hours. During the surgery the cartilage is loosened and moved and possibly also some nasal bone. If necessary a part of the lower nasal concha is removed.
The surgery is performed through the nostrils leaving no visible scars.
After nasal septum surgery
Tamponades are often inserted into the nose after surgery. These are removed after approx. 3-4 days, in some cases internal stabilisers are sewn into the nose which are removed after approx. 1 week. One will rest in the recovery ward for a few hours after surgery. You should organise for someone to collect and accompany you home after surgery, you are not allowed to drive yourself home neither should you be alone the first night after surgery.
Occasionally it is necessary to take sick leave after septoplasty. You will be provided with painkillers or a prescription after surgery. These are to be used as needed.
After approx. 8-14 days you can return to normal work. However, the total internal healing takes several weeks. The final result is not reached until 6-10 weeks.