A bend in your septum, caused by a nose injury or the way it has grown over time, can block your nose. This can make it more difficult for you to breathe through one or both nostrils, and cause symptoms such as frequent nosebleeds and loud breathing when you’re sleeping.
Septoplasty surgery can help by straightening out your septum, or removing any parts that are causing a blockage.
At Sussex Premier Health, you will have a formal consultation with a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon . During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
On the day of your operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room. Your private room will have an en-suite bathroom and TV and Wi-Fi facilities.
A septoplasty is usually performed under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep throughout the procedure and will feel no pain.
During the operation, the surgeon will make an incision inside your nose to one side of the septum. The inner lining of your nose is lifted away from the cartilage and bone. The surgeon can then straighten the septum, or remove any parts that are causing obstruction. Once this has been done, the lining is replaced and stitched in place.
The procedure usually takes up to 40 minutes, depending on how much work your surgeon needs to do on the septum.
Septoplasty is usually performed as an overnight procedure. After the procedure, you will be taken to your room where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.
For guidance on pain relief and your recovery time, please see our patient information sections below.
If you need them, continue taking painkillers as advised by the hospital.
After septoplasty surgery, your nose will feel blocked for about three days, and there may be some numbness on the tip of your nose or your upper lip. This is almost always temporary. Very occasionally, there may be bruising around the lower part of the eyes, which will settle naturally.
Follow your consultant surgeon’s advice about returning to work and leisure activities. Most people are able to return to work one to two weeks after the operation.
On rare occasions, complications following septoplasty surgery can occur.
Please call us straight away if you experience any of these symptoms:
Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure.
After you’ve left hospital, we’re still here when you need us.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery you can call and speak to a member of the nursing team at any time, please call 01424 757459.
Our self-pay team will be able to give you a guide price for septoplasty surgery.
To speak to a member of our self pay team today, call 01424 757455.