The function of the nose is simple: its main job is to inhale and exhale, cleaning the air of microparticles and moistening it at the same time. The nasal cavity is separated into two halves by the septum. Ideally the septum is straight and positioned in the middle. Sometimes, however, the septum is bent or deviates to some degree, which makes breathing more difficult. This can be congenital or it can occur due to an injury. Deviated septum keeps air from passing freely, making the sufferer’s life more difficult both day and night.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can straighten a deviated septum to improve air passage. It is performed as an endoscopic procedure under general anesthesia and the results are visible after one week. You will be able to breathe through your nose more easily, which you will notice in everyday life, during physical exertion and especially at night while you sleep. You may also notice an improvement in function associated with improved cleaning of the nose and nostrils.
This surgical procedure can be combined with rhinoplasty on the outside of the nose and laser treatment of the nasal mucosa.
Before making a decision on having septoplasty, you will need to have an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon. If you decide to visit ABClinic Art & Beauty for septoplasty from another country, you can have the first consultation based on photographs or online. Our clinic staff speak fluent English, so you will feel at home here.
Like with every aesthetic operation, you need a personal consultation beforehand. Our plastic surgeon will recommend a suitable technique.
You will also need to consult with an ENT specialist, who will do an endoscopic examination of your nasal cavity. Make sure to tell your doctor about any medical conditions, medications and allergies before the operation.
Since the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, you will need to arrive at the clinic on an empty stomach. Our staff will take you to your room and the surgeon will go over the operation procedure with you once again, take photographs and draw the incision lines. Lastly you will both sign the informed consent form. You will also have a brief meeting with the anesthesiologist, who will go over the anesthesia questionnaire with you. Shortly before heading to the operating room, our nurses will get you ready for the operation.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes 30-45 minutes. The surgeon removes the bent cartilage from the nasal mucosa, straightens it and reshapes it as needed. Plastic strips and nasal tampons maintain pressure on the nose for about 48 hours. The nasal tampons need to remain in place to minimize bleeding. You will be unable to breathe through your nose until then, which does involve a certain amount of discomfort.
As the operation is performed under general anesthesia, immediately afterwards we will place you in an intensive care recovery room for a short time so you can remain under observation with our experienced nursing staff. After you wake up fully we will move you to your room, where you will receive medication for pain relief, antibiotics and anti-thrombosis medication as needed.
Be prepared for some discomfort immediately after the operation due to the nasal tampons: inability to breathe through the nose, pressure in the nose, pain, watering eyes, headaches, and possibly elevated temperature. We will give you pain relief medication to alleviate these symptoms. After the tampons are removed 48 hours later you will be able to breathe through your nose again and most of the discomfort will subside. We recommend using isotonic or hypertonic sprays to keep your nasal cavity moist and comfortable. Full function in the nose will return after the plastic strips are removed. You will still be able to blow your nose.
We recommend avoiding all physical activity for seven to 10 days after the operation. After that you can resume light physical activity such as going for a walk. Avoid contact sports for at least months due to the risk of injury to the nose. New injuries causing a new deformity are a complication the clinic has no power to influence.
The final price of your operation will be set after a personal consultation with a doctor at our clinic. The price will reflect your individual needs based on your anatomy, the recommended optimal technique chosen by your operating surgeon, and the difficulty of the operation. The price given in our price list is for the purposes of orientation only.
Every medical procedure involves a certain amount of risk and potential complications. While your surgeon and our clinic’s surgical team will do everything in their power to ensure no complications arise, certain adverse effects cannot be ruled out entirely.
Nasal tampons help minimize bleeding from the nose after the operation. Trauma to the mucosa on the septum can complicate healing and cause perforation of the right and left nasal cavities. In rare cases bleeding may occur between the mucosa and the cartilage, which can lead to blood clots. If this does occur, our surgeons dissolve the hematoma and insert a small drain into the wound. Another possible complication is infection in the wound, although we give clients antibiotics as a preventive measure to avoid this. Some patients experience temporary changes in sensitivity in the top teeth, headaches, nausea, increased phlegm production or low-grade temperature.