- What Is a Deviated Septum?
- The Septoplasty Procedure
- Recovering from Deviated Septum Surgery
- Septoplasty Results
If you have problems breathing freely through your nostrils, there is a good chance that the culprit is a deviated septum. Some people are born with deviated septums while others end up with deviated septums after sustaining physical trauma to the nose (e.g., a car accident injury). Dr. Theodore Diktaban at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York offers surgical treatment of injuries to the septum, including deviated septums (called septoplasty) in New York City and Long Island. The procedure is designed to relieve nasal obstruction and restore normal breathing function in individuals who have a deviated septum.
Video: Deviated Septum Nose Surgery
What Is a Deviated Septum?
The septum is the wall between the left and right sides of the nose; ideally, it should lie in the center of the nasal passage. However, in some people, the nasal septum is off-center, sometimes dramatically so. A deviated septum makes one side of the nose wider than normal, and the other narrower. In severe cases, the deviated septum alters the pattern of airflow and blocks one side of the nose. Deviated septums can cause other symptoms, such as frequent nosebleeds, sinus infections, facial pain and headaches. Experts believe that as many as 80 percent of septums deviate, but only the most severe cases affect breathing function.
The Septoplasty Procedure
Septoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at one of our AAAHC-accredited surgical facilities. Anesthesia is used, so you won’t feel anything during surgery. Our New York City / Long Island septoplasty surgeon typically performs the procedure using a “closed” technique, which involves only internal incisions, so there are no external signs of surgery (such as scarring from incision lines). Through the incisions, our surgeon will remove or shift cartilage or bone that is causing the nasal blockage. After correcting the structural abnormalities of the nose, the surgeon will place a nasal splint inside the nostrils to provide support to the newly modified structures. Dr. Diktaban can also perform a combination septoplasty-rhinoplasty, in which he simultaneously addresses cosmetic imperfections of the nose, such as refining the tip of the nose or improving the appearance of the nostrils, and repairs the deviated septum.
Recovering from Deviated Septum Surgery
Septoplasty recovery is similar to rhinoplasty recovery, and typically takes about a week. Post-operative swelling and bruising are common. You should get plenty of rest during your initial recovery and avoid any bending, lifting or straining. Don’t push yourself to return to your normal activities too soon; allow your body to heal at its own natural pace. If you experience pain or discomfort during the first few days of your septoplasty recovery, Dr. Diktaban can prescribe oral pain medication. After that, you will likely be able to manage any lingering pain with over-the-counter Tylenol. Dr. Diktaban will remove the nasal splint about seven days after surgery, and based on how quickly your nose has healed, he will advise when it is safe to go back to work and start exercising again.
Septum repair is not 100 percent guaranteed to heal, but our septoplasty surgeon has a very high success rate and more than 30 years of experience with ear, nose and throat surgery. Dr. Diktaban will focus on producing the most successful and long-lasting results possible.
Contact a Nose Surgeon
If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss septoplasty, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York today. You can reach us by calling 631-499-1831 (Long Island location) or 212-206-0023 (NYC location) or sending us an email.