Septoplasty for Snoring

Septoplasty is used to straighten or correct the deviation of a nasal septum, the partition that runs between the two nasal cavities. If the septum is too narrow or deviates it can constrict airflow and lead to sinus problems, causing in turn snoring during your sleep. Normally deviation or narrowing of the septum is caused by surplus cartilage or bone in the area, and during the procedure this will be reduced to help the septum return to a normal, straight line.

Before the operation a doctor may use a thin endoscope to assess the shape and deviation of your septum. The operation is carried out under local or general anaesthetic and the surgeon will make an incision into the are of septum affected to take out he excess cartilage, but preserve enough for structural support. Once complete the surgeon will place small flexible plastic splints into the septum to reshape them and give added support. Septoplasty at a private clinic will cost in the area of £3,500 including assessment, and follow-up, and take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.

Side-Effects of Septoplasty

Septoplasty can be expected to cause bruising and swelling, and the nose will often bleed for a couple of days that requires the constant changing of a gauze beneath the nose. Recovery in the nasal cavities can take between 1 and 2 weeks, after which time the patient can blow their nose properly again.

Benefits of Septoplasty

Septoplasty is a standalone operation, meaning minimal discomfort for the patient. It is a non-invasive surgery conducted under local anaesthetic, and deals with the root of the problem for most sufferers of blocked nose, and sinusitis (which causes snoring) the deviated septum, meaning that its is a relatively successful and long-lasting operation.

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