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What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the deviated or crooked septum for improved airflow. The septum constitutes bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. In case the septum is deviated, it obstructs the airflow leading to an increased risk of sinus infections. Septoplasty is not a cosmetic procedure and is done for medical reasons to restore natural ventilation of the nasal cavity. 

Septoplasty is a daycare procedure which means most patients can go home on the same day of the surgery. Swelling after the surgery may last for two to three days but full recovery usually takes around 3 months. While septoplasty is a stand-alone procedure, you can also undergo rhinoplasty to enhance the appearance of the nose. Get in touch with us to book an appointment with our leading surgeons for effective septoplasty treatment in Kolkata.

When to Consult A Doctor for Septoplasty?

Deviated nasal septum usually obstructs the natural airflow of the nasal passage leading to the buildup of infections. Prolonging the treatment can cause severe breathing issues that can interfere with the everyday routine. Additionally, the doctor may recommend septoplasty to treat the following - 

  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Stop recurrent or chronic nosebleeds
  • Other conditions that can block the nasal passage

How To Prepare For Septoplasty?

Before the septoplasty procedure, initial consultation with the ENT specialist involves examining the severity of the symptoms and detecting the primary cause of nasal obstruction. Once the doctor is convinced that you need septoplasty, a discussion regarding your expectations from the surgery is done. 

The doctor discusses the steps of septoplasty and the possible outcomes depending on the type of procedure. A comprehensive diagnosis can help discover the extent of the nasal deviation so that the doctor can choose the most effective procedure. 

Subsequently, the ENT surgeon provides a set of pre-surgery tips to guide you before the procedure and prevent any complications. Here are some pre-surgery instructions which can help you prepare for the septoplasty procedure to reduce the risk of complications during the surgery -

  • Do not eat or drink 8 to 9 hours prior to the surgery. It is generally recommended to not take any meal post-midnight. 
  • Inform your doctor of any ongoing medications and history of an allergic reaction to anesthesia to avoid complications during the procedure 
  • Discuss your history of chronic medical condition(s) and surgical procedures with the doctor
  • Stop smoking and consuming alcohol a week before the surgery as they can increase the recovery time
  • Inform your doctor in case you have a history of bleeding disorders
  • Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes which do not put pressure on the nasal cavity
  • Take antibiotics or prescribed medications prior to the surgery as directed by the doctor

What Happens During The Septoplasty Surgery?

The septoplasty procedure involves making a minute incision on one side of the nose. The patient is given local or general anesthesia before the procedure to negate the pain and discomfort throughout the procedure. Once the surgeon has access to the septum, the mucous membrane (covering of the septum) is lifted to reshape the bones and cartilage accordingly. 

Sometimes, the surgeon may also remove barriers like parts of the bone or cartilage or reposition them for improved airflow. Once the procedure is done, the mucous membrane is placed back using surgical sutures and held in position. The surgeon may also place splints or soft packing to hold the nasal tissues in place after the procedure and prevent the risk of tissue scars and nose bleeds. Splints are usually kept for a week depending on the recovery of the patient. 

In cases where the patient chooses to undergo cosmetic procedures simultaneously, the doctor may perform rhinoplasty after the septoplasty. Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic procedure to improve the appearance of the nose.

Recovering After Septoplasty Procedure:

After the procedure, the patient is taken to the recovery room where the medical staff checks the vitals and monitors recovery. Recovery time after septoplasty varies depending on the extent of the deviation and the medical condition of the patient. 

The wound on the nose heals quickly and the patient may experience improved airflow shortly after the procedure. However, overall recovery may take months. Therefore, it is important to follow post-operative tips to reduce complications after the surgery. 

The surgeon may provide a list of preventive measures and dietary restrictions to help you recover after the procedure. If the surgeon does not suspect any sign of complication, the patient is relieved shortly after the procedure. Additionally, the doctor will prescribe medications and dietary tips for a speedy recovery. Here are some post-operative tips after the septoplasty surgery - 

  • Relax as much as you can and keep your head elevated when you sleep.
  • Do not blow your nose for several weeks after the procedure
  • Avoid strenuous exercises like aerobics, and playing sports for up to five weeks to avoid nosebleeds. 
  • Do not smoke or consume excess alcohol
  • Do not blow or sneeze through the nose for at least 7-10 days. Sneezes must be channelled through the open mouth.
  • Take regular medications for the swelling, bruising and mild discomfort until the doctor’s prescription.
  • Take baths instead of showers while there are bandages on your nose
  • Since the skin becomes extra sensitive, limit your exposure to the sun
  • Go for regular health checkups.

Why Choose CMRI for Septoplasty Surgery in Kolkata?

The Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is one of the largest multispecialty hospitals in Kolkata. Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology which has revolutionized the healthcare industry for the best surgical outcomes. 

In addition, our hospital has several eminent specialists, surgeons and healthcare providers of national and international repute for comprehensive and personalised treatment. CMRI provides patient-centric care and empathy from internationally trained nurses to ensure holistic care for patients seeking effective septoplasty surgery. Here are a few advantages of choosing CMRI for your septoplasty - 

  • Highly qualified and experienced ENT surgeons
  • 440-bed capacity along with cutting-edge technology and the latest medical equipment
  • Hygienic and patient-friendly infrastructure
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Transparent Pricing Structure for cost-effective treatment
  • Patient-centric high-quality care for a high success rate
  • Pain management and palliative care
  • Complete and coordinated care for patients with all types of cancers.


What is the surgical time of the septoplasty?

The Septoplasty procedure usually takes 30 to 90 minutes. However, the surgical time may vary depending on the extent of the deviation and the surgical expertise of the surgeon. Furthermore, if the surgeon is performing septorhinoplasty, the duration of surgery is extended.

When is septoplasty required?

The doctor may recommend septoplasty surgery in case of the following - 

  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic headaches
  • Frequent nasal disorders
  • Nose bleeds
  • Respiratory issues

What is the recovery time after the septoplasty procedure?

Recovery time after septoplasty surgery varies depending on the extent of the deviation and the medical health of the patient. Generally, the wound heals within a week after the procedure whereas full recovery may take 3-4 months.

Does septoplasty surgery cause pain?

No, septoplasty is not painful since the patient is given general or local anesthesia before the procedure. However, there may be mild discomfort after the procedure, once the effect of anesthesia begins to fade.

Whom should I consult for septoplasty surgery?

ENT surgeon specialises in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the ear, nose and throat. Therefore, in case you are planning to undergo septoplasty, get in touch with an ENT surgeon. Call us to book an appointment with some of the best ENT specialists in Kolkata for an effective septoplasty procedure.

Are there any side effects of septoplasty surgery?

While the septoplasty procedure is a safe and effective method to improve airflow through the nasal passage, there are rare chances of risk associated with the surgery. Possible septoplasty side effects include - 

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Tissue scarring
  • Perforation of the septum (when a hole forms in the septum)
  • Altered nose shape
  • Spinal fluid leak (rare)
  • Discolouration of your nose
  • Decreased sense of smell

What is the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to restore airflow in the nasal passage by correcting deviated nasal septum. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure done to enhance the appearance of the nose. While both procedures involve altering the structure of the nose, septoplasty is strictly done for medical purposes and is usually covered under insurance.

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