A deviated septum is a common concern that many patients struggle with. When a deviated septum occurs, it can block one, or both sides of the nose, reduce airflow – making it difficult to breathe. A septoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure designed to correct a deviated septum and restore functionality of the nose. Dustin C. Derrick, MD is the lead plastic surgeon at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW for Septoplasty in Fort Worth TX. For more information about this procedure, contact us today to schedule your consultation.
What is a Septoplasty?
A deviated septum occurs when the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils becomes displaced. During a septoplasty, the nasal septum is repositioned and straightened within the middle of your nose. If needed, your surgeon may cut and remove parts of the nasal septum in order to realign them in the proper position. Before performing a septoplasty, your surgeon assesses your symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, as well as the physical structure of your nose during an initial consultation.
A septoplasty may be necessary for patients with a deviated septum that are experiencing symptoms including:
- Blockage and reduced air flow
- Difficulty breathing
- Dryness of air flow
- Crusting or bleeding
- Decreased quality of life
What to Expect
This procedure requires local or general anesthesia. During a septoplasty, tiny incisions are made within the nose. The nasal septum is then straightened using a method of trimming, repositioning, and correcting cartilage or bone inside the nose. Occasionally, spreader grafts, or small reinforcing strips of cartilage, are needed to correct a deviated septum within the bridge of the nose. The incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures inserted into the nostril to support the septum. This procedure is typically performed as an outpatient surgery. Following your procedure, directions for post surgical care will be provided in order to ensure optimum results and healing.
Post-procedure directions include:
- Avoid strenuous activities and exercise
- Do not blow your nose
- Elevate your head when sleeping
- Do not pull clothing such as shirts or sweaters over your head
Most patients find that a septoplasty alleviates their symptoms, and restores their ability to breathe freely. The level of improvements from this procedure may vary from patient to patient.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a deviated septum, Septoplasty may be the solution you’re looking for. If you have any questions about Septoplasty and would like to schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW, contact us today!