What are the benefits of Deviated Septum Surgery (septoplasty)?
The benefits of this type of surgery include:
. Improved breathing: Overall breathing function is greatly improved since the nasal passages are opened up.
. Better sleep quality: Reshaping a crooked septum not only improves airflow while you’re awake, but also reduces or eliminates snoring and/or sleep apnea and improves the overall quality of your sleep.
. Fewer sinus infections: Opening the airways can allow mucus to drain normally from sinuses that were previously narrowed or partially blocked.
. Improved senses: For patients that previously had an impaired sense of smell or taste due to the effects of a deviated septum, this surgery may improve both senses.
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What are the disadvantages of Deviated Septum Surgery (septoplasty)?
Risks and Complications
Risks and Complications of Deviated Septum Surgery are as follows:
. If too much tissue is removed, you could have a collapsed septum, making the nose look deformed.
. A perforated septum, a hole in the septum that whistles when you breathe and can cause bleeding.
. As with any surgery, there is always a risk of infection. This infection will be treated with an antibiotic.
. You may experience numbness of the nose, cheeks, and upper lip. Numbness in the tip of the nose may take several months to return to normal. Other areas will resolve more quickly.
. Continued symptoms, such as nasal obstruction
. Adverse reaction to the anesthetic
. A change in the shape of your nose
. A hole in the septum
. Sense of smell
. Clotted blood in the nasal space that has to be drained
. A discoloration of your nose
You may need additional surgery to treat some of these complications. You may also need additional surgery if the outcome of septoplasty doesn't match your expectations. Talk to your doctor about your specific risks before surgery.
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