Septal reconstruction


Septal reconstruction (septoplasty) is a type of surgery to eliminate respiratory function disorders. A deviated nasal septum can be congenital or acquired as a result of injury to the nose, or due to nasal valve pathology or nasal turbinate hypertrophy. A deviated nasal septum may cause various health disorders, such as snoring, chronic rhinorrhea, obstructed breathing. It may also affect cardiac and digestive systems. Reconstruction of the nasal septum not only facilitates breathing, but also prevents serious medical conditions.

How is the Surgery Performed?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and time in surgery is approximately 30-60 minutes. During the surgery, an incision is placed inside the nose, and the deviated portions which obstruct breathing are removed from the cartilage and bony parts of the septum.

Sometimes after removing the defects which obstruct breathing, the cartilage of the septum is reinforced with thin cartilage plates and the incision in the nasal mucosa is sutured. Special nasal packing may be placed inside the nose, which is usually removed after 24 hours.

Post-Surgery Period and Recovery

  • The sutures from the nasal mucosa are not removed; they dissolve by themselves within 2 months;
  • There may be bloody discharge from nose for the first 1-2 weeks after the surgery;
  • Trouble breathing may last for 3-4 weeks;
  • Dusty, smoke filled premises should be avoided for approximately 2 weeks;
  • Bruising subsides within 2 weeks after the surgery;
  • If full nose reshaping surgery is performed, a nasal splint need to be worn for 10-14 days after the surgery;
  • Wearing of glasses is not allowed for 2 months after the surgery because the unstable nasal bones can shift and cause deformation of the shape of the nose.
  • Intensive sports and active physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 months after the surgery.
  • Using of saunas, hot baths, and pools not reccommended for 2-3 months after the surgery.
  • The nose completely heals within the period of 3-4 months. It is recommended to wash the nose with saltwater and use oil drops during the healing period.

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