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Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum which is a condition where the nasal septum (the bone and cartilage that separates the nasal cavity of the nose in half) is off-center, crooked, or moved to one side of the nose. This condition can make breathing difficult and Septoplasty can treat this condition by straightening the septum to allow better airflow through your nose. Before the surgery, your doctor will review your medical condition, and you may need to have some tests, such as an X-ray, blood test, or electrical heart tracing. You may also need to stop taking any oral blood-thinning medications, aspirin, and ibuprofen at least a week prior to the surgery.
Most people undergo septoplasty under general anesthetic. However, there are also some cases when surgeons use local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. During the surgery, your surgeon may make an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. Then, they lift the mucosa lining covering the cartilage and bone. Your surgeon then reshapes the cartilage and bone. Soft silicone splints are sometimes inserted inside your nostrils to support the septum. The surgery takes between 30 to 90 minutes to finish. Since it is an outpatient procedure, you will likely go home on the same day unless major complications arise. However, plan to stay longer in the Takeo for initial recovery and follow-up checkups and the splints are usually removed after 7 days.
The recovery period may vary from person to person. You may be able to return to work in a few days, but allow three weeks before going back to your full normal routine. You should also limit your physical activities such as exercise for several weeks. It may take a few months before you will feel the full benefit of the procedure. The success rate for septoplasty is high, with up to 85% of people experience significant improvement.