General overview of the service:

Difficulty breathing, a sense of stuffiness and general nasal obstruction may be caused by a deviated septum. The septum is the bone and cartilage that separates the two nostrils and when this deviates into one of the nostrils, it forms a blockage and results in irregular flow of air through the affected nostril. When this happens, the affected individual suffers from difficulty breathing, among other related symptoms. While some deviation of the septum is common, when it is severe it may require a corrective procedure to alleviate the symptoms. In addition, the deviated septum can also lead to crusting and/or bleeding due to the dryness caused, thus severely reducing the quality of life of the affected individual. To remedy this, nasal septal surgery is recommended to straighten out the deviated septum. This procedure is known as septoplasty.

How the service is done:

Septoplasty is deviated nasal septum surgery performed to straighten or realign the deviated septum so that the affected nostril has a clear airway to allow normal breathing. Septoplasty is recommended for patients with a deviated septum that is sever enough to restrict their nasal breathing and impact their quality of life significantly. To correct your septal deviation, the septoplasty surgeon will cut and re-form your septum into a straight line. This may require the removal and/or replacement of bone and cartilage depending on the extent of the deviation. Once the correct alignment is achieved, the surgeon concludes the procedure. In some cases, septoplasty may be coupled with rhinoplasty to correct any cosmetic issues caused by the deviated septum (i.e. a crooked nose). The procedure takes about an hour.

What methods are used:

When you come in, these are the steps you will follow:

  • The surgeon will examine you and discuss with you the challenges you are facing. The surgeon will then ensure that the issue does not involve an infection or any other issue that may need a different course of action.
  • You will then be informed on what the procedure entails, what the risks are and what you may expect out of it.
  • After signing the surgical consent form, you will be scheduled for the procedure.
  • When you come in, you will be admitted and prepped for surgery. You may be given either general anesthesia or a hybrid of local and general (where you are drowsy but not unconscious).
  • The septoplasty surgeon will then perform the procedure, which takes around an hour.
  • Afterwards you will be instructed on how to care for the treated area and what sort of septoplasty recovery time to expect.

Are there any side-effects:

As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are a number of possible side effects and complications including:

  • Bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia,
  • Persistence of nasal obstruction even after surgery,
  • Excessive bleeding after the operation
  • Changes to the shape of your nose
  • Septal perforation,
  • Reduced smell sensitivity
  • Septal hematoma
  • Changes to the septum during the healing process

Follow-up treatments or next steps:

After the surgery, you will need to take some time off to recover and ensure your nose is kept away from any knocks or bumps. The septoplasty recovery time is around six months within which time the septum bones, cartilage and tissue will heal and normalize to form the final outcome of your septum. In some cases, the deviation may recur as you heal and so may need additional corrective surgery.

Contact our office:

To find out more about our Septoplasty service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.