Septoplasty: Cost, Risks, Recovery

Overview

Septoplasty, also known as septum surgery, is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. To achieve the goal, patients’ cartilages and bones in the nose will be adjusted.

When one’s septum becomes crooked or deviated, one of his or her nostrils will turn out to be bigger than the other. This condition will cause problems, such as snoring, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties, pain and nasal bleeding. Fortunately, a septoplasty can straighten a deviated nasal septum out, and allow air to move through nasal passages freely.

Unlike rhinoplasty, septoplasty doesn’t change the shape of a nose. Septoplasty is a reconstructive procedure, which means it may be covered by insurance.

Candidates

A good candidate for septoplasty includes:

  • Have a deviated septum that causes difficulty breathing
  • Physically healthy and do not have other illnesses that impair the healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Non-drug users
  • Have a positive and realistic outlook toward the surgery
  • Snore excessively that may disrupt your sleep or gives you trouble sleeping

Costs

Before calculating the costs for your septoplasty surgery, you need to consider the following factors:

  • Your location
  • If you have a plastic surgeon
  • Your pre-existing medical conditions
  • Your health insurance plan

An insured septoplasty costs far more less than an out of pocket expense. With health insurance, you only need to spend $100 with copayments and 10 to 50 percent coinsurance. Without insurance, you usually need to pay $6,000 to $14,500.

Risks

Bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthetic are three common risks of any major surgery, including septoplasty. Other specific risks of septoplasty include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Perforation of septum
  • A change in the shape of nose
  • A discoloration of nose
  • A decreased sense of smell
  • An opening in the septum
  • A collection of blood in the nasal space
  • A temporary numb sensation by the upper gum or teeth
  • Persistence in previous symptoms, such as nasal obstruction

Preparation

Before having a septoplasty, you are suggested to follow these things:

  • Seek help from an expert surgeon when you are dealing with the pain and problems associated with septoplasty.
  • Lessen your anxiety first by keeping frequent contact with you doctor.
  • Consult a good anesthesiologist to get antibiotics and pain prescriptions before the surgery.
  • Follow heathy eating habits and quit alcohol consumption.

Surgical steps

A septoplasty procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Your surgeon will administer medications including sedation and general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
  • In a single septoplasty, the incisions are often within the nasal cavity. In difficult septoplasties, a small incision may be made across the columella.
  • Then, your doctor lifts the nasal mucosal lining (the membrane that covers the surface of the septum) away at both sides.
  • After the deviated septum is removed, the special mucosal lining will be left.
  • Finally, once the septum has been straightened, you surgeon will reposition the nasal mucosal lining around it, and suture them back together.

Recovery

Generally, it takes up to eight weeks for anyone who undergoes a septoplasty surgery to recover fully. For preferable recovery effects, you may be asked to follow some of these suggestions:

  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging.
  • Don’t blow your nose.
  • Elevate your head when you’re sleeping.
  • Wear clothes that fasten in the front; don’t pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.