Septoplasty is an operation performed to straighten the partition between the nostrils (septum) by trimming and refashioning cartilage and bone.
A septoplasty is usually performed to improve the nasal airway and can also allow for better access for nasal sprays. It may be performed as part of a septorhinoplasty (“nose job”) or to provide access for surgery to the sinuses (endoscopic sinus surgery). Turbinate trimming and/or cautery may also be indicated at the same time especially if you have allergies.
GENERAL POINTS – AFTER SURGERY
- Packing of the nose is uncommonly required but if inserted may remain in for 24-48 hours.
- There is usually mild pain only – Paracetamol should be sufficient in most cases.
- Gentle nose blowing only to clear loose clots and mucous.
- A bloodstained mucous discharge and nasal blockage is common for 2-3 weeks. It is due to local reaction with swelling and production of mucous. Sleeping with head elevated may help. It may take 6 weeks to clear completely.
- Use a nasal spray or drops if prescribed by your surgeon and try to breathe through your nose as much as possible.
- Saline douche will help to clear clots and mucous. Advice regarding saline douche will be provided.
- Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks. Lifting and straining may precipitate bleeding.
- Clean nostrils with cotton buds gently. Use antibiotic ointment if prescribed.
- Take antibiotics if prescribed.
- Black eyes are not expected with this procedure.
- Dissolvable stitches occasionally appear from the nostrils. Do not attempt to pull these out.
If you think that you may need a septoplasty, please call 031 201 3118 for an appointment. A complete history will be taken, and a thorough examination will be conducted to determine whether a septoplasty is indicated. Best ENT specialist practice guidelines will be followed at all times.