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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Septoplasty (Overview)

Altering the anatomy of the septum for improvement in breathing or appearance of nose. See ENT doc for procedure


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What is septoplasty?

What is septoplasty?

Surgery on septum: Septoplasty is a surgery that is used to improve the nasal airway. This may consist of removing deviated portions of the septum, straightening some of the deviations or replacing portions of the deviated septum. The surgery is usually done via an endonasal (inside the nose) approach. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
403 doctors shared insights

Septoplasty (Overview)

Altering the anatomy of the septum for improvement in breathing or appearance of nose. See ENT doc for procedure


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What amount would septoplasty cost?

What amount would septoplasty cost?

Varies: Varies with insurance coverage, geographic region, in office or surgery center, general or local anesthesia. surgeon.
See ENT doc for this procedure.
Cheapest not necessarily best. ...Read more

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Is there a test done for a septoplasty?

Exam, imaging: Exam plus xrays or CT scan.
See ENT doc for this procedure. ...Read more

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Can anyone have perfomed a septoplasty?

Mostly: Mostly. Limitations would be age (wait until growth complete) and general health.
See ENT doc for septoplasty. ...Read more

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What is the recommended age for septoplasty?

What is the recommended age for septoplasty?

Adult nose size: You should wait until the nose is adult size - around 14 for females, perhaps 16 for most males. ...Read more

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Getting second septoplasty... Is it worth it?

Yes: Usually. I assume you had trouble breathing and after surgery, still trouble breathing. If anatomical obstruction due to septum still exists, another procedure can help.
There are other reasons for symptoms. Safest plan - make sure you doc is a board certified ENT. A second opinion is always valuable in this circumstance. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of septoplasty?

Breathing and: Improves breathing. Sometimes necessary for best results in cosmetic rhinoplasty. Sometimes used to aid correction of sleep apnea.
See ENT doc for assessment. ...Read more

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Is there an age requirement to get a septoplasty?

Yes: usually septorhinoplasty is not done until at least age 14 depending on the patient's physical maturity. ...Read more

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What happen if septoplasty fail? What to do after?

Depends: I would need to know why they are doing the septoplasty.

For example, septoplasty indications include bleeding, sinus ostium blockage, trauma, cosmetic results, or surgical access to the pituitary. It's an excellent question for your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from a septoplasty?

How long will it take to recover from a septoplasty?

1-2 weeks: Stuffiness after a septoplasty is significantly resolved within the first 1-2 weeks, although complete resolution of nasal stuffiness may take up to a month. If rhinoplasty is performed as well, bruising (and most swelling) resolves within 10-14 days, although full resolution of minor swelling may take 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: septoplasty?

Altering: Altering the anatomy of the septum for improvement in breathing or appearance of nose.
See ENT doc for procedure ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully heal after a septoplasty?

3-4 weeks: After 7-10 days you are probably 70-80 % there. I tell my patients they can resume all normal activities after 2 weeks, except contact sports. I operated on a boxer and he was fully sparring at four weeks. ...Read more

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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of septoplasty?

Reshape the septum: "plasty" means to change, as in the shape. Septoplasty is a surgery where the nasal septum is reshaped to improve the nasal airway anatomy. ...Read more

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Does a septoplasty hurt for perferated septums not from drug use?

Does a septoplasty hurt for perferated septums not from drug use?

Recuperation: It is an operation that requires often a combined mucosa and cartilage graft. There is postoperative swelling and resultant pain. This is self limiting and subsides in one or two weeks. ...Read more

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Is there a risk to have re-septoplasty after 1year of a failure one?

Ok to redo surgery: A year after the original septal surgery you should be healed well enough to have revision septal surgery if needed ...Read more

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I recently had a septoplasty. It has been four weeks and I do not notice any difference pain is 95% gone. Is this normal? Does this happen sometimes?

I recently had a septoplasty. It has been four weeks and I do not notice any difference pain is 95% gone. Is this normal? Does this happen sometimes?

Can be: Usually after a month my patients who undergo septoplasty (and almost always some type of turbinate reduction surgery) are 90% healed and breathing great. Give it another few weeks and if you are still congested see you doctor. If not happy with what he or she says then get another opinion. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty can I start exercising again? I normally exercise most days of the week. I don't feel right if i take off more than 3 days. I realize i'll probably need to wait longer than that, but how much longer? .

How long after septoplasty can I start exercising again? I normally exercise most days of the week. I don't feel right if i take off more than 3 days. I realize i'll probably need to wait longer than that, but how much longer?

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My : My routine ---

14 days for lower body exercises (without bending down) like treadmill, elliptical and bicycle

4 weeks for strenuous exercises, and ok to bending down

real heavy weight lifting - 6 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty can I go out in public? I've read that recovery from septoplasty is a few weeks. Is that for full recovery, or is that how long I have to wait before it's healed enough that i can go back to work or out to dinner? .

If : If you're only having a septoplasty you can probably go back to work after a few days. The recovery depends on your pain tolerance and whether your surgeon uses any packs/splints in the nose. I try to avoid using packs or splints as that usually helps reduce the amount of discomfort after surgery. ...Read more

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Will septoplasty cure my snoring?

Not always: If your snoring is due to a restricted NASAL airway, then septoplasty may be beneficial. In many other instances this is due to condtiins with the soft palate, tongue, jaw or or pharynx which are not addressed at the time of septoplasty. A sleep study may be necessary in addition to a history and thorough physical examination. ...Read more

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When can I sleep normally after septoplasty?

When can I sleep normally  after septoplasty?

Will vary w surgery: The post op recommendations will,vary with the nature of the procedure and your swelling. While you may be able to sleep normally soon after surgery, this will depend on what was performed. If external manipulation of the nasal skeleton was performed, special precautions may be recommended for more than 6 weeks to avoid displacing the delicately aligned structures. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Do i have to quit taekwondo after septoplasty?

Septoplasty: You just need to heal properly and then you can return to your normal activity. Follow your doctor's directions with regards to resumption of activity. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of septoplasty?

Septoplasty: Septoplasty when indicated is an excellent way to improve your breathing through your nose. While the septum is often manipulated during rhinoplasty, a functional septoplasty should not change the appearance of the nose- that's what a rhinoplasty is intended to do. Septoplasty risks are related to healing of the membranes over the septum, and can include bleeding, scarring or septal perforation. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty should my head be elevated?

72 hours adequate: I typically recommend that people sleep on a few pillows and ice the eyes and nose for the first three days. Swelling tends to peak during this period and then begins to decline. ...Read more

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Had septoplasty surgery 10 days ago can I use a netti pot?

Had septoplasty  surgery 10 days ago  can I use a netti  pot?

Yes: Actually very helpful to clear crusts and help with dryness. ...Read more

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Do you think it could be bad to do cocaine if i had a septoplasty done?

Do you think it could be bad to do cocaine if i had a septoplasty done?

Cocaine problems: Cocaine has numerous side effects above and beyond the well known habit forming nature of the substance including cardiac rhythm abnormalities as well as constriction of blood supply especially in the nose where it comes into direct contact with the septum. During surgery this is beneficial to limit bleeding but prolonged use afterwards compromises healing and leads to perforations. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm getting a septoplasty and turbinectomy soon. Advice or comments?

Read preop papers: If you are having septorhinoplasty soon, the I assume you have schedulled for surgery. If so, recommend reading all the preoperative and post op. instructions and familiarize yourself with this surgery so that you know what to expect. ...Read more

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Had septoplasty surgery 7 days ago still really stuffed up. Is this normal ?

Had septoplasty  surgery 7 days  ago  still  really  stuffed  up. Is this  normal ?

Not unusual: This may be due to postoperative edema.After using decongestant if it does not settle you should contact your operating surgeon. ...Read more

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I just had a septoplasty two weeks ago. My breathing has not improved. Is this normal?

It depends: After nasal septoplasty surgery it is normal to have some swelling for a few weeks and even months. This swelling causes nasal congestion. You should see your surgeon to be certain you do not have a more serious problem such as a hematoma- which is a collection of blood inside the septum that can lead to infection or cartilage damage. ...Read more