Corrective surgery of the nasal septum
Septoplasty is performed, if the partition (septum) of the nasal cavities is slanting and causing symptoms, such as stuffy nose and snoring.
The procedure is usually performed through the nostrils under local anaesthesia. The mucous membrane is removed from both sides of the bone and cartilage of the nasal septum, and the slanting parts are removed. Next, a new partition is built from the patient’s own cartilage, which is covered with mucous membrane, and supported with silicone plates.
The procedure is relatively safe and complications are rare.
At the final stage of the operation, so called nasal tampons are inserted to support the partition and prevent bleeding. They block up the nose and may cause a sensation of weight in the nose, headache, and discharge of phlegm. The tampons are removed on the next day, which will ease the uncomfortable sensations.
Your nose will remain somewhat stuffy due to swelling of the mucous membrane, silicone plates, and heavy discharge of phlegm. The symptoms disappear gradually as the wounds heal.
Moistening eases the symptoms and contributes to the healing of the mucous membranes. Using moisturising nasal sprays that contain oil and/or saline (e.g. Nozoil and Humidose, which can be bought without a prescription) is recommended after the tampons have been removed.
Avoid blowing your nose, physical effort and going to sauna until the silicone plates have been removed.
Treatment of pain
You may experience mild local pain for the first 1–2 weeks. Usually, non-prescription painkillers are sufficient.
If you experience heavy and prolonged pain in your nose, if the nasal discharge is heavy or foul smelling, or if your fever exceeds 38 ºC (=100 ºF), contact the hospital.
- Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatient Clinic
- Day Surgery Unit
- Emergency Department