Septoplasty is a very common procedure performed to correct a “deviated septum” and improve the nasal airway.
Who is a good candidate?
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Evidence of a deviated septum on physical exam. Our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann uses a specialized endoscope to visualize the septum in the office prior to recommending a septoplasty.
- Control of other factors causing nasal obstruction (ex. Allergies)
How is the procedure performed?
Septoplasty is performed in the operating room under anesthesia. The procedure takes less than an hour. Dr. Prischmann likes to avoid placing packing or splints in the nose unless absolutely necessary. Because Dr. Prischmann is board certified in otolaryngology, she can combine septoplasty with procedures to reduce the size of the nasal turbinates or sinus surgery when indicated.
What is the downtime?
Patients can experience a stuffy nose for a couple of weeks after surgery. If splints are placed, they are removed on day 7. During the recovery period, patients are placed on a comprehensive nasal hygiene regimen. Discomfort varies from patient to patient. No external sutures or scars are expected.
Please contact Dr. Jess Prischmann for more information on septoplasty. Our facial plastic surgeon will be happy to meet with you for a confidential consultation to discuss how this procedure can help you meet your needs.