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Septoplasty- Surgical Treatment of Blocked Nose
Septoplasty is surgery inside the nose to straighten a deviated septum. The septum, which is about 7 centimeters long (2.5 to 3 inches) in adults, is made of cartilage and bone. It separates the inside of the nose into two chambers or nostrils.
How to get rid of a Blocked Nose?
Septoplasty is the only way to correct a blocked nose, which can make breathing through the nose difficult and force breathing through the mouth. Mouth breathing can cause dry mouth. Inability to breathe through the nose is even more of a problem at night and can inhibit sleep.
Sometimes Septoplasty is part of other medical procedures, including sinus surgery and the removal of nasal tumors. Also, although Septoplasty itself does not change the nose’s shape, it can be combined with nose-shaping surgery called Septorhinoplasty (Nose job). Ultimately, it is up to each patient to decide whether to undergo Septoplasty to straighten a deviated septum. The condition will not hurt anyone who can tolerate the symptoms.
Septoplasty (Blocked Nose Surgery) Procedure at Bizrahmed, Dubai
Septoplasty in Dubai is a highly individualized cosmetic surgery. The surgeon tailors a treatment plan depending on the treatment goals. During the consultation at Bizrahmed, we walk you through the basic steps of the procedure, recovery, risks, results, costs, and many other aspects of the surgery. Also, we will ask you some questions regarding your health status and medications that you use currently. Be honest with your surgeon in this session because the treatment plan will be designed based on the information you give.
A Septoplasty takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of the condition. You’ll be under either local or general anesthesia, depending on what you and your doctor decide is best for you. In a typical procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. The next step is to lift the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum. Then the deviated septum is moved into the right position. Any barriers, such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage, are removed. The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane.
You may need stitches to hold the septum and membrane in place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position.
Preparing for Blocked Nose Surgery
Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications two weeks before the surgery. These medications may include aspirin (Bufferin), ibuprofen (Advil), and other blood thinners. This is done to reduce your risk of excessive bleeding during and after the procedure. Be sure to tell your doctor if you’re allergic to certain medications or if you have a history of bleeding problems. In some cases, people have a Septoplasty under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to prevent pain. However, most people have surgery under general anesthesia, which means they’re asleep during the procedure.
Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight during the night before the procedure if you’re going to be under general anesthesia. This will help prevent you from vomiting and choking if you become nauseated from the anesthesia during surgery.
Bring a family member or friend who can drive you home after the Septoplasty. General anesthesia may make you drowsy after the procedure. You shouldn’t drive until the effects have fully worn off. Your doctor might take pictures of your nose before the procedure. Comparing photos from before and after the procedure can help you see how your nose has changed.