is a surgery that provides correction or strengthening of the nasal chamber. Intervening the deviated nasal septum removes the cartilage and bones that prevent breathing. It is often referred to as deviation surgery.
What is Septum Deviation?
Nasal obstruction is a common complaint in the community, and approximately one third of adults have chronic nasal obstruction. Nasal septum; it is called the middle section that separates both nostrils from each other. This chamber consists of a cartilage at the front and a thin bone structure behind the nose. It is covered with mucosa. Bending of the septum from the midline to the right or left is called the deviation of the septum. In fact, approximately 80% of adults have more or less deviation, but most of them are not at the level of complaint. Why Deviation? The most important cause of deviation is nasal trauma. These traumas include traumas in the womb, during and after birth. However, as a result of small or large traumas in childhood, different growth points of the nasal chamber are triggered, cartilage production increases and as the growth continues, septum cartilage and bone begin to bend. Sometimes a fracture line may occur in the septum cartilage. These traumas can sometimes distort the appearance of the nose.
What Causes Complaints?
• Nasal congestion, open mouth sleep, snoring
• Frequently Recurrent Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
• Recurrent nosebleed
• Difficult to smell
• Facial pain
• Postnasal drip
• Deviation does not directly cause heart or lung disease, but may increase an existing disease.
How is Septoplasty performed?
In the operation, an incision is made through the nose and the septum of the nose is reached. The excess curve is removed by breaking the bone. The curvature of the cartilage is corrected by removing it if possible in the nose, if not out, and put it back into the nose. The incision is then sewn with self-melting stitches. When there is curvature outside the nose, at high deviation, deviations at the tip of the septum cartilage can be difficult to correct through the nose. In this case, surgery is performed with the approach we call open technique. Operation time varies between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on the type of deviation and the surgical approach chosen. The patient is observed for 3-4 hours postoperatively and can be checked and sent home.It is difficult to correct the nasal septum alone in C or S shaped noses where the nose lies to the right or left from the midline. Wherever the nose goes, the inside goes. In this case, both the outside and inside of the nose should be corrected for a successful result. In other words, aesthetic and functional nose surgery called septorhinoplasty should be performed together.
When can I return to school / work / normal life?
The healing time varies according to individual. The mean recovery time is 1 to 4 weeks, but often patients can return to normal life and do their own work after Day 2 of the surgery.
When should I call my doctor?
• Fire up to 38 degrees
• Significant bleeding possible and cannot be stopped when manually tampered
• Bad smelling, inflammatory discharge from the nostrils
• In case of headaches that do not go away despite painkillers, you should definitely contact your doctor.