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3 Benefits of Septoplasty

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26 Jan 2018 - General

The part of the nose that separates the two nostrils is called septum. Whether the patient is born with a crooked septum or it’s been deviated by a certain trauma, it will cause several breathing problems. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that eliminates blockages in the nasal cavity that cause discomfort and difficulty in breathing. A deviated septum causes problems such as snoring, as well as sleep apnoea. Furthermore, if a patient experiences sinusitis, chronic nasal congestion, headaches, difficulty of normal breathing and pain in the nasal area, they should definitely consider undergoing a nasal septoplasty procedure that will benefit them in many ways.

Breathe easily

A deviated septum causes obstructions in the nasal cavity, which makes the patients unable to breathe easily. Thanks to septoplasty, these obstructions can be removed, offering patients more comfort. Since all the nasal passages are opened up, with the septum no longer crooked to one side, overall breathing function will be significantly improved. A deviated septum can sometimes cause an impairment of smell as well, so after septoplasty, patients will be able to experience smells much better. Furthermore, people who have difficulty breathing through their nose use their mouth to ease the process, which can consequently change the shape of their face, making their lower jaw longer and more prominent. Septoplasty will stop the patient from breathing through their mouth by clearing out all the congestion in the nasal cavity.

No more infections

A crooked septum often causes sinus infections, because mucus can’t be drained normally from the sinuses. Despite all the nasal sprays and medications, the inflammation can never be fully treated, which can lead to patients feeling constant pain and pressure in their face, while also preventing them from feeling the taste of food and beverages normally. Therefore, once a patient undergoes a septoplasty procedure, their previously narrowed and partially blocked airways will be open, allowing the mucus to drain properly. After the cartilage has been trimmed and straightened, patients will no longer experience that many sinus infections, headaches, and the discomfort in their face will be relieved.

Improved sleep quality

Difficulty in breathing causes long-term headaches, which leads to a lack of sleep. Furthermore, if patients are not experiencing headaches and are not suffering from lack of sleep, their partners will, because a deviated septum is the main cause of snoring. Therefore, undergoing septoplasty will improve the quality of patients’ sleep immensely by eradicating snoring issues. However, the improved sleep shouldn’t be expected right after the surgery, considering the recovery takes time. Only after the sutures and splints are removed and the wound is healed will the patient notice their sleep quality improving. After a crooked septum is reshaped, the air will flow much more easily through the nose, allowing the patient to breathe with no trouble both when they’re awake, and while they’re asleep. This will also eliminate sleep apnoea and generally improve the quality of their sleep. Many patients notice that they are falling asleep quicker than before the surgery, waking up less frequently during the night, and manage to sleep on their back without waking up the entire household with their snoring.

Final thoughts

A deviated septum causes a lot of discomfort to patients, while difficulty in breathing can affect the people around the patient as well. Therefore, septoplasty is a great solution to a crooked septum that will offer patients easier breathing, reduce sinus infections and improve the quality of their sleep. The recovery may last up to six weeks, while the nasal tissue will be stable three to six months post-surgery. Patients should also expect a few changes to occur up to a year following the procedure.