If your surgeon has told you that you have a deviated septum, then they may recommend surgery. The idea of any type of nose surgery or rhinoplasty can be very scary, so you definitely need to understand more about what you will be facing from the procedure itself, as well as the recovery.
What Is a Deviated Septum?
On the inside of your nose, there are two passages that lead to your nostrils. Down the center, splitting the two passages is a hard piece of cartilage and tissue that is called the septum. Normally, the two sides of the nasal passages will be even. However, if the septum bends or turns to one side, the result is called deviated. In other words, the tissue deviated from its path and this can occur as a birth defect or as a result from injury.
A deviated septum can cause different physical issues. For example, some of the signs of the problem include:
- Congestion in the nose and sinuses
- Pain in the face and nose
- Common sinus infections
In severe cases of deviated septums, the patient is incapable of living a normal and comfortable life.
Many people think that all nose jobs are designed for cosmetic purposes, but this isn’t the case. A septorhinoplasty is a surgery used specifically to correct the deviated septum. It is a version of the cosmetic surgery that is used to correct a medical problem only. Because the procedure is often needed medically, your insurance company may cover the cost.
Before you make the appointment to have the procedure done, be sure to call your insurance company. If they need documentation that you medically need the surgery, provide this to them. There is a good chance that the company will cover at least some of the cost. With some policies, you may only need to pay a deductible and the rest will be covered.
You may have already heard that any nose surgery is painful and extremely uncomfortable. It may have you very scared at the idea of having a procedure that you actually need. Instead, you just should learn more about what to expect from recovery and talk to you doctor to quell any of your fears.
- Make sure you are getting enough rest after the procedure. Your body heals quicker while you sleep and your immune system will be stronger if you have enough rest daily.
- Keep ice on your nose and eyes as the doctor prescribes. This will keep the swelling down and will lower the amount or bruising for a quicker recovery.
- Avoid aspirin. It is a blood thinner, and it can cause more bleeding and bruising in the face and eyes.
- Always take the medications your surgeon prescribes. There is a very good chance you will be given antibiotics. Take all of them. If you stop halfway through your recovery, infection could still get involved.
- Use stool softeners. When you strain to go to the bathroom, you can actually cause more bruising and bleeding in your surgical site.
When you have a deviated septum, there is a chance you will need a type of rhinoplasty called septorhinoplasty. This procedure is used to correct the deviation in the septum so that you can live a more comfortable life. If you take the proper steps during recovery, you will not have to deal with nearly as much discomfort or pain. Often, the surgery is required and you shouldn’t avoid it out of fear. Instead, talk to your surgeon and consider your options.
Dr. Michael Barakate is a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist located in Sydney, Australia offering rhinoplasty procedures at RhinoplastyClinicSydney.com.au.