Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum. The septum is a wall composed of bone and cartilage that divides your nose into two separate nostrils. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is displaced to one side of the nose. Most people with a deviated septum have one nasal passage that is significantly smaller than the other. A deviated septum is the most common septum defect, and surgery is the only way to fix it. Septoplasty corrects the displacement of the septum, allowing for better airflow through the nose.
Tips for a quicker recovery include:
elevating your head at night to keep swelling down
trying not to blow your nose
wearing shirts that button or zip up the front so that you don’t need to pull clothing over your head
Although wound healing after a septoplasty may be fairly rapid, the overall healing process can be slow. Cartilage and other nasal tissues can take up to a year to settle into their new shape. Your breathing is likely to improve shortly after surgery and will continue to improve as your nose heals.
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