Nasal surgery or septoplasty is a surgical procedure to realign a deviated septum. It may require the surgeon to cut and remove parts of the septum. As with any surgery, there are risks of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
Other risks with septoplasty are persisting symptoms, excessive bleeding, change in shape of the nose, septal perforation, decrease in sense of smell, blood in the nasal space that would need to be drained, and a numb sensation in the upper gums or teeth.
After the procedure, certain activities need to be avoided. To decrease the chances of bleeding and swelling, it’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities, blowing your nose and wearing clothes that need to be pulled over the head. Elevating your head while sleeping can also be beneficial.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that uses a scope to enter through the nose to the sinuses. It is primarily used to remove blockages from the sinuses that cause pain, drainage and impaired breathing. This procedure is often performed on an outpatient basis because it is less extensive than other surgeries.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing problems with the nose or sinuses and would like more information on nasal or sinus surgery, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320 to schedule an appointment.