The most effective treatment considered in correcting a deviated septum is deviated septum surgery or septoplasty. However, not all people who have deviated septum are recommended or advised to go under deviated septum surgery. Deviated septum is a condition wherein the nasal septum (cartilage separating the left and right nostrils equally) is deviated to one side), making it crooked. Most cases of deviated septum does not cause any signs and symptoms, however, if the deviated septum is severe, it can cause breathing difficulties through the nose and other symptoms, such as nosebleeds, recurrent nose infection, headache, facial tenderness, nasal congestion, snoring, and many more.
Deviated Septum Surgery or Septoplasty
Deviated septum surgery or as others call it “septoplasty” is a surgical procedure that is done to surgically correct the deviated septum to help in easing and eliminating breathing problems and other signs and symptoms. In septoplasty, the affected nasal septum may be removed or it can also be straightened, depending on the present condition of the patient and severity of the nasal septum deviation.
Risk for Infection in Deviated Septum Surgery
Any types of surgical procedures put a patient at higher risks for acquiring infections. Although deviated septum surgery possesses a rare risk for infection, the chance of acquiring infection is still there. If any signs of infection are observed, such as fowl smelling discharges, fever, unusual pain, redness, and heat around the surgical site, immediately, I repeat, IMMEDIATELY CALL YOUR DOCTOR before the situation gets any worse.
How to Prevent Infection after Deviated Septum Surgery
After any surgical procedures, may it be a deviated septum surgery or not, antibiotics are always prescribed after or even before and during the surgical procedure. Antibiotics given before a deviated septum surgery is usually done if the patient has a current sinus infection. If stronger types of antibiotics are needed to be administered, antibiotics administered through an intravenous (IV) line may be done.
Cleaning the Nose after Deviated Septum Surgery
Cleaning the surgical site and inside the nose after the deviated septum surgery should be done with utmost care. The surgeon usually prescribes nasal saline solution that will help in softening clots and crusts inside the nostril. Cleaning the incision site and inside the nose with sterile water (with peroxide solution to help in preventing infection) is done at least once a day. After cleaning the incision site of the deviated septum surgery with sterile water and peroxide infection, betadine or prescribed antibiotic ointments may be applied using a q tip to also prevent infections more effectively.