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Book a septoplasty today to unblock your nose. Often a deviated septum could be the long term cause of your blocked nose, book online to fix the issue.
Sometimes, a blocked nose can be misinterpreted as having a very bad cold. However, it can be the case that the cartilage and bone inside your nose are responsible for the blockage. This is known as the deviated nasal septum.
The septum is the cartilage and bone inside your nose that separates your nostrils. For most people, the septum is usually straight, but it can be deviated (bent), causing symptoms of a blocked nose.
Your septum will be straight, which should relieve your symptoms of a blocked nose.
Surgery is recommended as it is the only dependable way to cure the condition. Unfortunately, you cannot straighten your septum without surgery.
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, but a local anaesthetic can be used. The operation usually takes about 45 minutes. To start, your surgeon will make a cut on the lining of your nose over your septum and lift the mucosa away from the cartilage and bone. They will remove the parts of the cartilage and bone that are bent, and they will put the rest back in a straight position. In addition, your surgeon may place some packing in your nose to prevent bleeding.
Some of the complication listed can be serious and can even cause death. However, your doctor will discuss these with you if you have any concerns.
If there are no complications, you should be able to go home the same day. However, if you had non-dissolvable packing in your nose, you will need to stay overnight, and the packing will be removed the next morning.
You will need to stay off work and away from groups of people for two weeks. This is to avoid catching a cold, which could result in an infection. This also means you cannot do any exercise, have a hot bath or bend down for two weeks. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. As a result, most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities.
On the bright side, having surgery will result in you having a straight septum, which should relieve your symptoms of a blocked nose.
Author: Miss Ruth Capper MD FRCS (ORL-HNS)
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