What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty?

If a deviated septum is the sole cause for your chronic sinusitis, you can expect improved nasal breathing and airflow, decreased blockage and congestion, diminished dry mouth, and a more complete, restful sleep. Overall, you will experience relief from your symptoms and improved quality of life.

Can Other Procedures Be Combined With a Septoplasty?

A septoplasty can be frequently combined with turbinate reductions, and/or balloon sinuplasty and functional endoscopic sinus surgery. These procedures should not leave any bruising or facial swelling. A septoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty (nose job), and if this happens bruising and swelling are more common. The ENT surgeon will work in conjunction with a plastic surgeon to perform those procedures.

Can a Turbinate Reduction Procedure Be Done In-Office?

The RFA procedure can be done as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia. The SMR and Out-Fracture procedures are normally done in an ambulatory surgery center or in a hospital operating room under general anesthesia.

Is Nasal Packing Required for Turbinate Reduction Surgery?

Many surgeons perform turbinate surgery without nasal packing. If nasal packing is used, it is inserted to prevent excessive postoperative bleeding. Talk to your surgeon about his/her standard practice.

How Long Does Turbinate Reduction Surgery Take?

Generally, turbinate reduction surgery takes 15-20 minutes, but that can vary from patient to patient. Of course, the time is extended when any other procedures are added on (i.e., sinus surgery, septoplasty, etc.).

How Long Do You Need to Take Off From Work?

Time off for recovery usually depends on the type of procedure performed as well as the type of anesthesia used. Recovery time for patients undergoing an RFA typically involves less time off of work--usually a day or two--because these procedures are performed under local anesthesia. For patients who have nasal and sinus procedures performed under general anesthesia, they may need to take 3-4 days off of work. During this time, patients are advised to refrain from heavy lifting or vigorous activity for 1-2 weeks.

Does Turbinate Reduction Surgery Change the Nasal or Facial Appearance?

No, turbinate reduction surgery does not affect the external appearance of the nose or face.

Are Stitches Required?

Neither sutures nor stitches are required for inferior turbinate reduction surgery.

Is There Any Post-Surgery Discomfort?

Patients can expect to have some discomfort after surgery including fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and mild nasal drainage. The stuffiness typically results from swelling after the procedure and typically starts to improve after the first week. Most patients find that any post-operative discomfort can easily be managed with regular or extra-strength Tylenol.

Is There Bleeding After Turbinate Surgery?

There may be some post-operative bleeding after turbinate surgery, as the turbinates have a strong blood supply. For this reason, your doctor may advise you to use topical vasoconstrictor sprays such as Afrin or Oxymetazoline to control post-operative bleeding. If you experience any persistent or significant bleeding post-surgery, contact your doctor right away.