Breathing through the nose is the respiratory system’s primary and most efficient way of obtaining oxygen. However, many people can’t breathe the way they should through their noses due to a common issue, a deviated septum. The septum is the separator of your two nostrils, which is primarily made of cartilage. Those who suffer from a deviated septum have a septum that is curved to one side, constricting at least one of the nostrils. As a result, individuals may experience challenged breathing through the nose, nosebleeds, pain, and even sinusitis (sinus infections). Fortunately, if you think you may suffer from a deviated septum, you can breathe the way you should with help from a septoplasty.
What’s a Septoplasty and Who Can Have Them?
A septoplasty is a common procedure that helps to reshape and realign the septum so that those suffering with deviated septum can breathe normally and live without nasal obstruction.. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. It is usually performed in an ambulatory surgery center in a healthy individual.
The Process of a Septoplasty
Before: You and Dr. Park will discuss the entirety of your procedure so that you’re well aware of important preparation measures. These may include not eating the night before your scheduled septoplasty or refraining from taking blood thinners like Advil the week before surgery. You’ll also decide upon the best method for anesthesia. Dr. Park will review different parts of your internal nasal anatomy that need to be corrected in order for you to breathe better.
During: The procedure includes going through the nostril to locate the septum by removing a layer of membrane. The septum is then aligned and additional obstructions are removed. Finally, the membrane is reattached, sometimes with stitches, so that the septum can heal in its new form. This will open the nasal passages to optimize airflow.
After: You’ll need to be driven home by a friend or family member after surgery is complete due to anesthesia. During recovery, most people can remove gauze and cotton filling the next day after surgery.. Additionally, you’ll have the option to use prescription pain medications to help you feel more comfortable during the early days of recovery.
Scheduling Your Septoplasty
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a deviated septum, consult with Dr. Park here at Eunice Park, M.D. to see if you qualify for a life-changing septoplasty. Leave behind the days of nasal stuffiness and congestion and start the new year breathing better.