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Septoplasty Procedure doneSeptoplasty is a corrective surgical procedure done to straighten the nasal septum, the partition between the two nasal cavities. Septoplasty is sometimes done with rhinoplasty for cosmetic correction of the deformities of the external nasal framework. Septoplasty specifically changes and reconstructs the partition between the nostrils, or septum. Having a deviated septum, where the nasal partition is not straight, can make it difficult to breath. Septoplasty also corrects cleft defects like cleft lip and cleft palate.

Nasal surgery includes any surgery performed on the outside or inside of the nose. It is also a common type of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery whether it is used to improve breathing, correct differences that have been present since birth (congenital differences), change the shape and size of the nose, or repair injuries to the nose.

The nasal septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the two nasal passages. It supports the nose and directs airflow. The septum is made of thin bone in the back and cartilage in the front. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage or bone is not straight. A crooked septum can make breathing difficult. The condition also can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.

Septoplasty Procedure Description

Septoplasty Procedure Description

Before surgery, the doctor may use a thin, lighted instrument endoscope to look at the nasal passages and to see the shape of the septum. In some cases, the endoscope may be used during surgery. The patient is given local or general anesthesia for the 60- to 90-minute operation, which is usually done in an outpatient surgery center.

The procedure usually involves a realignment of a portion of the bone or cartilage in the nasal cavity. The septum and nasal passages are lined with a layer of soft tissue called the nasal mucosa. To repair the septum, the surgeon works through the nostrils, making an incision to separate the mucosa from the underlying cartilage and bone. The doctor trims or straightens the bent cartilage and then replaces the mucosa over the cartilage and bone. After the septum is straightened, it may then be stabilized temporarily with small plastic tubes, splints, or sutures internally.

Difference between Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty

Septoplasty

1) Septoplasty, is a reconstructive procedure designed to improve nasal function from the inside.

2) If the patient has any damages in his septum, and want it corrected, Septoplasty is the procedure to get it done.

3) Septoplasty has a faster recovery and healing time.

Rhinoplasty

1) Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure to change the shape and contour of the patient’s nose.

2) But,if the patient’s main reason is more of aesthetic, Rhinpolasty is the procedure to go for.

3) Whereas Rhinoplasty recovery takes up to several days before one can go out of the house and flaunt ones newly enhanced nose

FAQ regarding Septoplasty

Is sinus surgery a part of a Septoplasty procedure?

Sinuses are air-filled chambers inside the head that drain into the nose. Sinus surgery is typically not a required part of septoplasty. Sinusitis is infection of the sinuses which is typically caused by obstruction of the drain holes of the sinuses which causes fluid to build up inside them.

What is an endoscopic Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is often performed with the aid of fiberoptic nasal endoscopes that illuminate and magnify the nasal passages to allow more precise surgical technique.

Will Septoplasty cure snoring and sleep apnea?

Septoplasty can improve snoring by allowing easier breathing through the nose. When the septum is deviated it causes nasal obstruction and can force us breathe through our mouth which is more likely to result in snoring. Septoplasty does not always improve snoring or sleep apnea since these may be caused by obstruction at the level of the throat.

Is sinus surgery a part of a Septoplasty procedure?Sinuses are air-filled chambers inside the head that drain into the nose. Sinus surgery is typically not a required part of septoplasty. Sinusitis is infection of the sinuses which is typically caused by obstruction of the drain holes of the sinuses which causes fluid to build up inside them.

Does Septoplasty change the appearance of the nose?

Septoplasty typically does not make any significant changes to the external appearance of the nose unless combined with rhinoplasty (septorhinoplasty). Septoplasty can at times improve nasal asymmetry.

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