Septoplasty – Surgery of the Septum in Melbourne & Sydney
- Difficulty Breathing? Blocked Nose?
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- Unsightly Nasal Septum?
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What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct deviations of the septum by removing or reshaping deviated portions of the nasal bone and cartilage. Unlike rhinoplasty, which is a cosmetic surgery performed to enhance the esthetic appearance of the nose, the goal of septoplasty is to improve functionality by eliminating nasal blockage.
Nose Surgeons often perform septoplasty together with rhinoplasty (called septorhinoplasty) to ensure the perfect function of the nose.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Surgery Expert with clinics in Sydney and Melbourne. He is a calm, caring and precise surgeon. If your nose is causing you health issues that affect your quality of life quality, explore your options for Nose Surgery with Dr Sackelariou.
Looking For a Top Nose Surgeon? – How To Find The Best One
Nose surgeries are considered to be one of the most complicated procedures in plastic and facial surgery therefore should be conducted by the best plastic surgeon.
Septoplasty, together with rhinoplasty, are complex nose surgeries that require an experienced nose surgeon in order to produce the best results and reduce the possibility of a revision.
Your surgeon’s experience, education, and technique should be the deciding factors when choosing the right option. Please don’t choose a novice nose surgeon or the cheapest price.
Symptoms Of Nasal Blockage, Airway or Nose Septum Issues
Deviated septum causes nasal blockage due to the displacement of the wall between the nostrils. Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by trauma or ageing.
The most common symptoms of a deviated septum are:
- Trouble breathing
- Complete or partial Anosmia – Inability to smell
- Facial Pain
- “Ringing” noises in the ear
Am I A Good Candidate for Septoplasty?
Septoplasty surgery is a good solution for achieving a better life quality affected by the negative effects of a deviated septum.
If you are experiencing breathing troubles, consistent snoring, chronic nosebleeds, and sleep apnea symptoms you may be a good candidate for septoplasty surgery.
Smoking has negative effects on recovery, so you will have to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure and even more after the surgery. Cigarette smoke can cause a longer healing period, wound infections, and painful nasal irritation.
It is considered safe to undergo septoplasty surgery at the age of 17. Exceptions are made for younger patients with severe nasal obstructions.
In consultation with your doctor, you should temporarily stop taking medications that prevent blood clotting.
Benefits of a Septoplasty
Septoplasty is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure.
The Benefits Of Septoplasty Surgery may include:
- Improved airflow and breathing
- Improved smell and taste sense
- Fewer headaches caused by sinus infections
- Better sleep quality
- Better sinus cavity drainage
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Note – Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
Septoplasty Surgical Procedure
Preoperative Assessment – Review of your medical history records, allergies, prior surgeries, symptoms, etc.
Anesthesia – Based on your health condition and medical history, your doctor will recommend the best anesthesia option for you. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Sometimes, sedation can be used in addition to local anesthesia. Which anesthesia that will be used depends on the complexity of your surgery.
Surgery – Nasal septum surgery involves strengthening the septum by shortening, restoring, or placing the cartilage and bone in a central position.
The operation does not require any external incisions on the skin of the nose but requires a small incision on the side of the nasal septum inside the nose (sometimes it is also necessary to make a small incision between the nostrils). The incision is usually closed with an absorbent suture.
The operation usually lasts 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the septum deformation.
Recovery after Septoplasty
After the septoplasty surgery, splints are placed into the nostrils and need to be worn for a couple of days after the procedure. Minor swelling and bruises under the eyes can occur.
To further reduce the chances of bleeding and swelling, your doctor may ask you to follow some precautions for a couple of weeks after the surgery, such as:
- Raising your head while sleeping,
- Avoiding workout and contact sports,
- Refrain from blowing your nose,
- Take care while pulling shirts over your head to get dressed
You can expect to return to your daily activities after just a couple of days, and physical activities up to 4 weeks after the surgery.
The surgeon will recommend quitting smoking for a few weeks before and after the operation. Smoking prolongs recovery time and can cause post-op complications.
Complications and Risks of a Septoplasty
Septoplasty, like any surgery, carries the risk of bleeding, infection, or an allergic reaction to the anesthetic.
There is a risk of other possible complications:
- Presence of the deviated septum symptoms,
- Change in the nose appearance,
- Perforation of the septum,
- Reduced sense of smell,
- Formation of blood pockets inside the nasal cavity,
- Upper jaw numbness.
Septoplasty Patient Journey
- Preoperative Assessment
- Review of medical history, health condition, discussion about expectations, taking pre-surgery before photos
- The surgeon will apply anesthesia and perform the surgery
- Post-op and Recovery
- A few days after the operation patient attends a routine post-procedural checkup.
- Following recovery instructions and tips
Cost of Septoplasty Surgery
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
You MAY be eligible for a Medicare Item Number or subsidy from your Private Health Insurance as nose surgery can be a functional surgery which is covered. Ask your surgeon or read the MBS Item Code Guidelines.
Most Popular Item Numbers used for Nose Surgery are
- Item 41671 Septoplasty or Septum surgery
- Item 41672 Nasal septum reconstruction
- Item 45635 Rhinoplasty partial for Bony vault correction – airway obstruction
- Item 45641 Rhinoplasty for airway congestion
- Item 45644 Rhinoplasty for an obstructed airway – using distant donor materials
- Both Items 45641 + 41671 – Septo/Rhinoplasty
You may also be able to get your Super Fund to pay for your surgery.
FAQs about Septum Surgery
+ Blowing Nose After Septoplasty?
– Blowing your nose after the Septoplasty Surgery can cause bleeding, so you should try to refrain from blowing your nose at least for the first two weeks. We recommend you to clean your nose with nasal saline irrigations instead.
+ Will Septoplasty Change The Appearance Of My Nose?
– Septoplasty is the surgical procedure that improves nose functionality, not appearance. However, in the rare cases of heavy deviation of the septal cartilage, there might be minor changes to the shape of your nose.
+ Is it possible to do Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty at the same time?
– Actually, it is advisable to do them at the same time rather than two separate procedures.
+ How Long After Septoplasty Can I Start Exercising?
– You should wait for at least 4 weeks before you start exercising. Playing contact and ball sports should wait even longer to minimize the risk of nose trauma.
+ How Long Will I Be Hospitalized?
– You should get home on the same day. Patients with heavier deviations might stay hospitalized overnight as a precaution measure.
+ Does Getting A Septoplasty Hurt?
– It shouldn’t. Most patients take pain-killers for a couple of days after the surgery. Septoplasty recovery is quick and painless.
Further Reading – Medical References
- Septoplasty: Procedure, Risks, and Recovery – Healthline
- Septoplasty: What to expect, risks, and reasons for surgery
- Mayo Clinic: Septoplasty
For more information about Rhinoplasty surgery visit the Rhinoplasty Surgery page.