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Septoplasty Complications

Septoplasty Complications

Septoplasty complications are not very different from any other type of facial operation. Septoplasty is done to correct any deformity in the nasal septum, the separation between the 2 nostrils. Read on to find out more on complications and risks related to septoplasty.
Medha Godbole
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2018
Well, this is definitely a 'nose job' but not just for the heck of it, it has a specific purpose. While rhinoplasty is the medical term for nose job, corrective surgery to deal with the deformity of the septum, the division between the 2 nostrils is septoplasty. This can either be since birth or due to an injury.
This surgery is needed in case of any obstruction to the nasal passage, which can cause problem in breathing and sleep apnea. There are several complications which can crop up as an aftereffect of this surgery. In case you want to know what you are up against, take a look at the text below to be better prepared.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure which is performed to straighten the nasal septum, the partition dividing the 2 nasal cavities. In most cases the septum runs down the center of the nose. What happens in this case is that the septum deviates in one of the cavities, narrowing it and then obstructing the air flow.
The surgeon moves the cartilage of the deviated septum back to the center. Small pieces of the crooked bone are then moved and it is thus straightened. The cut in the nose is closed using stitches which later get dissolved.
Risks Associated with Septoplasty
To begin with there is a fair chance that your condition will not improve. In addition to that you would experience some swelling externally as well as an alteration in appearance. Another immediate risk and complication of the surgery is a hole in the septum. However, this is rare. The other complications are as follows:
  • You might feel a distinct numbness on the tip of the nose or the upper front teeth. This is pretty common and subsides in sometime.
  • Bleeding is a risk factor, although a rare one. However, if you are on non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and want to undergo this surgery, you should stop having them 10 days before the due date of the surgery. These medication can lead to bleeding.
  • In very few cases, loss of smell has been reported.
  • Another risk involved with septoplasty surgery is infection. In case of a usage of nasal packing, the patient gets a rash and a high fever, the patient should immediately contact a doctor. This is to keep away complication of toxic shock syndrome. This is a very rare complication of septoplasty.
  • In case of persistent headaches, dizziness, fainting, or vomiting, a doctor should immediately be consulted to diagnose the exact cause of these.
  • Septal hematoma can happen when bleeding does not stop beneath the skin flaps of the septum. This must be curbed in 24 hours.
Some other risks include scarring, unresolved symptoms like breathing difficulty. Over resection of the turbinates (the bones which are operated upon) may result in dry nose. In a few cases there can be under resection which would not solve the problem, leading to the need of another such surgery.
Aftercare
Most probably, pain killers for dealing with the pain will be prescribed. Antiseptic cream, nose drops and steam inhalation will provide further relief. It is advisable not to blow your nose for a few days post surgery. If you have to, start off with blowing your nose very gently.
You might have blood stains on your handkerchief as a result, but that is normal. Take care that you do not catch a cold within a couple of weeks after the operation. The swelling will go in around 6 weeks of the surgery and you will be able to well, breathe freely, hopefully!
Now that you know what to expect, you can be better prepared to tackle the surgery. Take Care!