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4 FAQs About Septum Surgery

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Septum surgery is a procedure carried out by ENT doctors to fix a deviated septum. It involves making small incisions into the nose, straightening out the septum, and stitching everything back together. Successful surgeries will completely get rid of a deviated septum and all the problems that came with it.

If you’re keen to know more about this procedure or have just booked an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor to have it done, then you’ll benefit from reading these four FAQs about septum surgery. Hopefully, it helps settle some nerves and provide clarity.

Who is this surgery intended for?

A common misconception is that you should get this surgery if you have a deviated septum. Speak to any ear, nose and throat doctor, and they’ll tell you that most people have a slightly deviated septum. This surgery is only necessary if you have severe symptoms and problems that will only be solved if you straighten out your septum. For example, if you struggle to breathe through your nose and no medication has worked, then this is a great option for you. Generally speaking, see an ENT doctor, try other treatments, and choose surgery as the last option.

Is it painful?

When you hear that incisions will be made, it’s easy to worry that pain will follow. Don’t fret, septum surgery is carried out under general anesthesia. You won’t feel anything while it’s happening, and there’s minimal soreness after as well. That’s not to say you’ll leave the surgery and your nose will feel absolutely perfect. There’s going to be some minor discomfort, and if you do have a low pain threshold, then some simple over-the-counter painkillers will be enough to sort you out.

Will I have two black eyes and scars on my nose?

People avoid this surgery because they think it’s like other nasal surgeries and will leave them with visible scars and black eyes after the treatment. The difference here is that the whole procedure takes place inside your nostrils. As a result, any scars and stitches are hidden away inside your nose. Furthermore, this means there’s minimal bruising after the first 24 hours, and recovery times are usually between one/two weeks. During your recovery period, you should avoid physical sports and contact with your nose, and try not to blow it too hard either.

Are there any risks involved?

It would be a lie to say there are absolutely no risks involved at all. This is a surgical procedure, so there will always be risks present. These include bleeding, infections, and possible problems with your septum after the surgery. While it’s important to be aware of the risks, they’re not something you should worry about too much. The vast majority of procedures are complete with no problems, just make sure you get the surgery done by a qualified and experienced ear, nose and throat specialist.

We hope that some of your most pressing questions and queries have now been answered regarding septum surgery. Remember, it’s not essential for people with a deviated septum. But, it’s a fantastic permanent solution if nothing else works, and it’s safe!


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