Septoplasty, also known as Functional Rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the thin wall of cartilage and bone dividing the nostrils. It is typically done endonasally, meaning there are no incisions placed on the outside of the nose. This avoids any external scarring. Septal deviation is a common reason for nasal airway obstruction. It occurs when the center divider between nostrils, or the septum, is situated more to one side than the other. Septal deviation can be present at birth or it can be caused by a traumatic injury to the nose.
Injury is the most common reason for a deviated septum, although some patients will develop septal deviation over time without any previous injury. Septal deviation can be problematic to many patients, interfering with their nasal breathing which impacts physical activity. Patients typically complain that their breathing is more difficult during exercise or sleep, and that they therefore must breathe through their mouths. Snoring is also a related symptom. Fortunately, Dr. Peter Abramson and his team of experts at Rhinoplasty Atlanta can skillfully correct a deviated septum using the most up-to-date techniques available today.
Candidates for Septoplasty
- Difficulty breathing
- Trouble sleeping due to breathing problems
- Stuffy nose feeling
- Constant nose bleeds
- Excessive snoring
About the Procedure
During Septoplasty, incisions are placed within the nose in the nasal mucosa, which is the outermost membrane within the nostrils. Dr. Abramson then uses specialized instruments to trim or straighten the septum, and replaces the mucosa back over the septum. Severely deviated segments of bone and cartilage are commonly removed in order to open up the airway. Some patients have long term breathing restrictions that have remained undetected until they come in for their initial consultation. Others are well aware of their breathing difficulties because of symptoms that can include dry mouth, sinus pressure, and difficulty sleeping.
Aftercare and Recovery
Following a Septoplasty breathing correction procedure, patients will be monitored in the recovery suite until they are fully alert and able to be discharged. There will be a gauze bandage secured under the nose to collect the fluid that will drain for the first 24 to 36 hours. This will need to be changed frequently and patients are instructed in the procedure. It is advisable to keep the head elevated for the first few days, even when sleeping. This will help with swelling. There may be swelling in the cheeks or around the nose for a few days but the use of cold packs will minimize this.
Rhinoplasty Atlanta uses innovative, state-of-the-art techniques and instruments to perform a variety of Rhinoplasty and aesthetic procedures for patients throughout the Metro Atlanta, GA area including Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Marietta, and Johns Creek. Call 404/297-1789 today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Abramson to determine if Septoplasty is right for you.