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What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is surgery to correct a deviated nasal septum.  The septum is the structure that divides the nostrils in the middle of the inside of the nose. If the nasal septum is crooked, it can make the nose feel blocked continuously, leading to problems exercising, sleeping, eating, and speaking.

You may have been born with a deviated nasal septum, or it can commonly develop following childhood accidents or injuries. The problem isn’t dangerous, but it can reduce airflow in the nose and cause troubling symptoms that can reduce your quality of life. Specialist surgery can correct the deformity, straighten the septum, and allow you to breathe, talk, and sleep more comfortably.

The London Clinic offers septoplasty surgery by world-leading cosmetic surgeons and ENT consultants, and a comfortable, stress-free environment in which to recover. If your septum is deviated and making your nose feel blocked, Septoplasty can correct the distortion and cure any breathing difficulties.

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Understanding your surgery

The London Clinic’s specialist surgeons offer expert assessment and advice in our comfortable and discreet consulting rooms. Your surgeon will perform a detailed examination of your nose. They will also take a medical history to help them understand the impact your symptoms are having on your health, wellbeing, and lifestyle.

Septoplasty surgery straightens and repositions the septum to the middle of your nose. The operation is straightforward and should make it feel easier to breathe, eat, and sleep. The surgeon will discuss what results you can expect from septoplasty.

Septoplasty surgery can also be combined with rhinoplasty to reshape, resize or recontour the nose (this is called septorhinoplasty). The surgeon will support you to decide on surgery that will help address your concerns and resolve your symptoms.

Surgery facts

The specialist surgeons at The London Clinic can perform septoplasty under general or local anaesthetic, depending on your nose, your health, and your preferences. The operation takes between 45 and 60 minutes. It is usually a day case procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.

The surgeon will make an incision inside the nose. This means that any scars will usually be invisible, however, sometimes, it's necessary to make a small cut between the nostrils.

The consultant trims, corrects, and repositions the bone and cartilage of the nose to straighten the septum. Several structural problems can push the septum off centre. The surgeon can straighten any crooked nasal bones and insert cartilage grafts to correct the deviation. 

Once they have corrected the structure, the surgeon will suture the incision closed. They will usually use absorbable stitches that do not need to be removed.

Finally, they will insert soft splints and dressings to prevent bleeding and support the septum as it heals. They may also apply a splint to the outside of the nose to protect the area and reduce swelling.

You will be taken into The London Clinic’s recovery area, where the expert theatre staff will be on hand to monitor and support.

Surgery recovery

You will be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. However, you will need someone to escort you home as you will be unable to drive. The London Clinic team will advise you about your recovery and arrange follow-up to assess your progress.

After surgery, the swelling, splints, and nasal dressings can make it difficult to breathe through your nose. Keeping your head raised, using an extra pillow at night, and avoiding blowing your nose, will assist healing and prevent the build-up of excess fluid.

It’s important to take time to rest and recover. Avoid work, exercise, hot baths, and bending down for at least two weeks. Wearing tops that zip or button up can prevent trauma to the area when you pull clothes over your head.

It's also sensible to avoid crowds and busy places because getting a cold can increase the risk of post-operative infection.

After this time, you can gradually build-up to normal activities. It will take up to six months for the swelling to fully resolve. During this time, your consultant and the team at The London Clinic are always available to offer support, guidance, and a helping hand.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £3,235.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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