Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Deviated Septum Surgery

 

What exactly is a Deviated Septum?

Answers to the most frequently asked qestions

A deviated septum is a condition where the cartilage and bone are misshaped; this causes a deviation to occur inside the nose which causes unevenness in the nose. Due to this unevenness, many problems such as nose bleeds, congestion, headaches, and recurring sinus infections occur.

What is a Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is the surgical cure for a deviated septum. The surgeon will cut and remove the deviated part of the cartilage and bone. The end product will be a well shaped and even nose . Additionally all the symptoms which you once faced will go away.

What is the Cost of the Deviated Septum Surgery?

The cost of the surgery depends on two major factors:

  • The surgeon- His reputation etc.
  • Amount of work- The cost will increase with increased work, additionally if you combine a septoplasty with a rhinoplasty(a surgery to even the entire nose to make it more appealing) the cost will increase

Usually this surgery will cost between 1500$-6000$, the cost may be higher based on various factors stated above. This cost is for the doctor alone (it will increase when hospital costs are added!).

Time of Surgery and Recovery Time

The surgery itself lasts for about 1 and ½ hours but if complications arise or for special cases, the time may increase.

The recovery time of the surgery will be a few days. You will be discharged from the hospital the same day or the next morning. However the stuffing on the nose will be kept for a few days to provide structural support.

Preparation for the Deviated Septum Surgery

  • 2 weeks prior to surgery stop the intake of Asprin and any other medication which increases your risk of bleeding
  • Nothing should be drunk or consumed after midnight on the night before your deviated septum surgery
  • If you are to be discharged immediately, you will have to find someone to drive you home and stay with you for a period of 24 hours to help

Insurance Coverage

Coverage by insurance is based on two factors, firstly the reason the surgery is being done. Secondly the insurance company from which you bought your policy. Make sure to check will your company before the surgery, since some companies do cover this surgery.

Author: Perumal G.

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