deviated septum surgery

Deviated septum surgery for the nose is done to correct the septum. The septum deviated to one side causes nasal obstruction. At times, the deviation is so severe it clogs the sinuses resulting in sinus infections. As a result, the patience feels pain around the eyes and over the cheek. If you have a deviated septum, you are more prone to nosebleeds. Let us find out more about nasal septum and how it can be corrected with nose surgery.

What Is A Nasal Septum?

In simple words, a nasal septum is a wall inside your nose dividing the nasal cavity in two sections, so you have right and left nostrils. The front side of the nasal septum is called cartilage and the backside is a bone. If the septum is deviated, one side appears narrower than the other. In some cases, it is deviated to both sides.

In some patients, septal deviations occur 3 inches back in the nose and is not apparent. Nasal endoscopy is used to examine the nose in such cases. Moreover, this type of septum deviation is treated with an extensive operation known as septorhinoplasty rather than a regular septoplasty.

How Do They Treat A Deviated Septum?

Nose surgery is the only way to fix a deviated septum and is not performed unless the patient is at least 18 years old. In other words, nose surgery in Singapore and all over the world is done only on a completely grown nose. A temporary solution to the problem is some medications that reduce inflammation and open the nostrils a bit for breathing. Septoplasy is the procedure done to fix the problem. Below are 5 steps that are followed to perform a septoplasy surgery.

  1. In first step, the surgeon makes an incision inside the nose and lifts up the mucosal lining away from the deviated septum. This step of the procedure is performed with great care to avoid possible complications. So, doctors try to be as much careful as possible to make sure the patient doesn’t suffer from any complications after the procedure.
  2. The surgeon then makes an incision on the septum in front of the septum deviation and elevates the mucosal lining away from the other side septum.
  3. At this stage, the septum is actually removed. Removing it is necessary because if the surgeon forces it into a specific position, it goes back to the same position after a bit because of flexibility.
  4. The mucosal lining is located in the midline. Surgeons use various methods to perform this step. But one of the most widely methods is to join the lining together just like a quilt, and nose septal splints or nasal packing is necessary. In 5 to 10 out of 100 patients, septal splints are used or the nose is packed.

After the septoplasty is done, the recovery can take as long as one week. Most patients don’t feel much pain post surgery, and don’t even suffer from any swelling around the nose. However, there is always a chance that complications may occur after the nose surgery. For instance, the patient may have sino-nasal congestion or drainage, which can last up to 3 weeks. How come does this happen? After nose surgery, you feel as if you got a punch in the nose. The internal inflammation can occur because of surgical trauma. However, the symptoms go away as time goes by. However, not every patient suffers from inflammation inside the nose.

The external appearance of the nose won’t change after the surgery because the surgery is performed on the inside of the nose. Let us explain this with an example: If a big room is divided into two sections with a wall in the middle, then the room won’t look different from the outside even if the dividing wall is knocked down.

So, this was a brief explanation of what a deviated septum is and how it can be treated with nose surgery in a Singaporean clinic. Nose surgery is a general term for all types of surgeries done on the nose for aesthetic or correction purposes, and septoplasty is a type of surgery performed so as to fix a deviated septum of the nose.

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