What is Septoplasty?
Trouble breathing? You’re not alone. A deviated septum causes troubles including difficulty breathing, improperly draining sinuses, and even chronic sinus infections. Septoplasty is an internal nasal surgery performed on patients to provide relief from a deviated septum.
Unlike rhinoplasty, a septoplasty doesn’t include external work to improve the outward appearance of the nose. Cosmetically speaking, though, if the septum is deviated, it may cause the nose to appear slightly crooked. Fixing the deviated septum through septoplasty can generally improve the appearance of a crooked nose.
A septoplasty is usually performed internally in combination with the external cosmetic portion to give an overall improvement in the function and appearance of the nose, but can also be done alone in specific situations.
Dr. Timothy Janiga performs septoplasty using general anesthesia in our Reno surgery center. Working through the nostrils, an incision is made to separate the mucosa, or the soft tissue that lines the septum and nasal passages, from the underlying cartilage and bone. The bent cartilage is then trimmed and straightened before the mucosa is replaced.
This procedure takes approximately one to three hours with one to two hours of recovery time before leaving the surgery center.
Recovery & Results
An external nasal splint and internal septal splint are left in place for one week. Once this is removed return to work and activity is generally acceptable. Full results are expected within nine months.
Generally, septoplasty results include the ability to breathe easier as well as a straighter nose.
Schedule a Consultation
We evaluate patients who desire septoplasty in our Reno/Tahoe offices. For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Janiga for your septoplasty in our offices, please send us an email or call 775-364-0224.