If you have to undergo or are planning to undergo a septoplasty for your deviated septum, then I am sure that you will be interested in knowing the positives and the negatives of the surgery before undergoing the procedure.
First I will discuss the positives of the surgery, and then follow it up with the negatives.
Positives of a Deviated Septum Surgery:
- Firstly after the surgery, you will be able to breathe more freely.
- You will no longer have to worry about recurring sinus infections.
- If you also suffer from sleep apnea, this procedure will effectively remove some of the side effects which you face.
Usually a rhinoplasty will also be done along with a septoplasty, thus you can improve the overall appearance of your nose. That is you can increase or decrease its size, change the width of the nose by making it wider or narrower, and you can also change the size or shape of your nostril.
- This surgery will effectively remove any blockage and congestion in the nostrils.
- The surgery is minimally invasive, thus recovery time is less and you can normally go home on the same day.
Now that we have discussed the positives of the surgery, let us discuss the negatives.
Negatives of the Deviated Septum Surgery:
- If the surgeon by mistake removes too much tissue, your nasal septum can collapse. This will cause your nose to look deformed and additional surgery will be required.
- A perforated Septum may occur. That is, a hole may form in your septum, which will cause whistles every time you breathe and at times it can even cause bleeding.
- With any surgery, a risk of infection exists. But this is quite easily treated with antibiotics.
- Some people experience numbness on the nose, upper lip and cheeks for a few days. Most numbness should go away within a few days, but the numbness of the nose may persist for a few months.
- Sometimes in extremely rare cases, a serious complication of cerebrospinal fluid leakage may occur.
- Relapse of the deviated septum may occur. If this occurs, another surgery will have to be done.