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Our expertly trained otolaryngologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital take great pride in their ability to safely perform surgeries and helping their patients regain their health.
After an injury, or even at birth, some people can have a deviated septum. This, in turn, causes a number of different symptoms such as having difficulty breathing, experiencing frequent nosebleeds, snoring loudly, sleep apnea and sometimes losing the ability to smell. Patients who are suffering from this may want to consider septoplasty.
The septum is a cartilaginous structure covered in mucosa that separates the nose into two nostrils. A deviated septum is a condition in which this wall is displaced, restricting air passage in one or both nostrils. Because of this fact, people can suffer from various symptoms. In severe cases, they need a septoplasty in order to live normal lives.
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon will reposition the septum in the right place to help clear the blockage and clear the airways.
Usually, the patient is put under general anesthesia, but he may choose to have it done locally. The surgeon will start the procedure by making a small incision on the side of the nose so he can reach the septum. After this, he will cut the mucosa and lift it up. Next, he will move the deviated septum into the right position. In some cases, it will not fit properly, so pieces of bone and cartilage will have to be removed. After the septum is put into place, the doctor will put the mucosa back. After the procedure, the surgeon may use stitches to keep the septum and mucosa in place, or just stuff the nose with cotton to force them to remain there.
Septoplasty can tremendously help someone:
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can leave the hospital the same day as the surgery. The nose will be swollen and painful. The cotton fillings will help secure the septum and reduce the bleeding. The packing can be removed two days after the surgery. The patient will be prescribed some painkillers to avoid excessive discomfort. Medication that thins blood should be avoided 2 weeks before and after the procedure. Most intense physical activities should be avoided for a number of weeks. Patients should avoid blowing their nose for 3-4 days after their surgery.
Septoplasty is a pretty common and easy surgery, but there are a few risks attached to it. Bleeding and infection are pretty common as the nose is not sterile, so patients should be very careful of this aspect. In some cases, the septum gets perforated, so another surgery is recommended to fix this. In rare cases, it is known that the septum may move again and cause the former symptoms to reappear. Because bone and cartilage are cut, there is the possibility that the nose will change its appearance.
A deviated septum can make life a lot more difficult for people. Having trouble breathing, frequent nosebleeds and loud snoring can prove to be terrible drawbacks and their impact can be massive. Even though these symptoms can be treated with medication, sometimes surgery is the only answer. Call Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital at 888.600.5600 and make an appointment to get a consultation with one of our doctors.
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