Preparing for the septoplasty procedure
Your healthcare institute or ENT specialist will provide you with a set of instructions that can help you prepare for your septoplasty procedure. Here are some tips that can help your prepare for the procedure –
- Wear loose clothing on the day of the surgery to avoid pressure on the surgical site.
- Inform your ENT surgeon of any ongoing medication and medical conditions prior to the surgery.
- Discuss your history of allergy due to anesthesia with your ENT specialist to avoid complications during the surgery.
- Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol before the surgery as it may affect the surgical procedure.
- Do not wear makeup on the day of the surgery.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything prior to 8 hours of the surgery to avoid complications with anesthesia.
What to expect during septoplasty?
Septoplasty is an advanced method to treat deviation of the nasal septum. Medications can manage the symptoms of the deviated septum, but septoplasty is the effective method for a permanent solution. Here is what you can expect during your septoplasty procedure –
- The anesthesiologist will administer the general or local anesthesia for a painless experience. The patient is asleep throughout the procedure and does not feel any pain.
- The surgeon makes a minor incision on the septum wall inside the nose to lift or remove the mucosa, a thin membrane that covers and protects the septum.
- The surgeon reshapes or sometimes removes the septum’s bone and cartilage and reshape for the best results.
- The ENT surgeon may insert splints or soft packing to hold the nasal tissues in place and prevent nosebleeds.