What is nasal septum repair?
Nasal septum repair is a type of nose surgery. It fixes the wall of cartilage between the nostrils. This is called the septum.
Surgery to straighten the septum is called septoplasty, submucous resection of the septum, or septal reconstruction. The surgery may be done along with other procedures to treat chronic sinusitis, inflammation, or bleeding. It's also done to correct sleep apnea. And it may be done to allow access into the nose to remove nasal polyps.
Doctors usually do this surgery through the inside of the nose. In most cases, no cut is made on the outside of the nose.
To do the surgery, the doctor cuts the outer membrane that lines your nose. Then the doctor lifts the membrane away from the cartilage wall. Next, the cartilage is reshaped or moved, or both. Then the doctor puts the membrane back.
After the surgery, you may have splints and packing inside and outside your nose. These help hold the cartilage in place while it heals.
Most people go home a few hours after surgery. You can probably go back to work or school in a few days and your normal routine in about 3 weeks. But this depends on your job and how the surgery went. It may take 1 to 2 months before you feel completely normal again.
After this surgery, your doctor will want to see you again to check how well your nose is healing.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
How do you prepare for surgery?
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
Preparing for surgery
- Be sure you have someone to take you home. Anesthesia and pain medicine will make it unsafe for you to drive or get home on your own.
- Understand exactly what surgery is planned, along with the risks, benefits, and other options.
- If you take aspirin or some other blood thinner, ask your doctor if you should stop taking it before your surgery. Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do. These medicines increase the risk of bleeding.
- Tell your doctor ALL the medicines and natural health products you take. Some may increase the risk of problems during your surgery. Your doctor will tell you if you should stop taking any of them before the surgery and how soon to do it.
- Make sure your doctor and the hospital have a copy of your advance care plan. If you don't have one, you may want to prepare one. It lets others know your health care wishes. It's a good thing to have before any type of surgery or procedure.
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