Septoplasty: How to Prepare

Septoplasty: How to Prepare

by Kassandra Silva (SU)

Septoplasty is surgery performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage separating the two nostrils, or septum. If it becomes crooked, it can make breathing difficult. While sleeping, a deviated septum can cause loud snoring. It can also make you susceptible to chronic upper airway infections due to poor drainage.

When breathing and sleep are affected and infections become frequent due to a deviated septum, surgery can help bring relief. Let’s talk more about septoplasty and how to prepare for it.

What Happens During a Septoplasty?

During a septoplasty, the surgeon corrects the deviated cartilage by cutting and removing parts of the septum through the nostrils and repositioning the cartilage into a straight position. Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and patients go home on the same day as the surgery.

How to Prepare for a Septoplasty

Septoplasty, like other surgical procedures, requires planning. You will meet with the otolaryngologist or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon and discuss what to expect from the surgery, as well as possible risks and complications that can arise.

Septoplasty may be done under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will determine which is better for you based on your overall health. The surgeon will ask about your medical history and learn what medications you are taking. They will also conduct a physical exam of your nose and take photographs for reference. The surgeon may also order lab tests, such as a blood test, for evaluation of your overall health. You will have to arrange for someone to take you home after surgery, as you will not be able to drive home.

Medication 

Depending on what medication you are taking, you may need to stop taking some and adjust others. Aspirin should be stopped weeks before the procedure. Anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase bleeding, should be stopped a week or a few days before the surgery unless otherwise instructed. This also goes for herbal remedies or supplements that control inflammation. If you take insulin, follow your surgeon’s instructions.

What to Wear

There are no clothing requirements for a septoplasty, as you will be asked to change into a hospital gown for the procedure. However, do dress comfortably in clothes that are easy to change into after surgery. Leave jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, and rings at home.

Food and Drink

Avoid eating and drinking anything on the day of the surgery, especially if you will be using general anesthesia. Beginning at midnight the night before, stop consuming all foods and drinks.

Rest

Get a good night’s sleep the night before the surgery. Your body needs to be well-rested for the procedure. It can also help boost recovery.

Don’t Smoke

Another habit that can negatively affect recovery is smoking. Septoplasty patients should stop smoking several days before surgery and while in recovery. 

Septoplasty in Austin and Lakeway, Texas 

The highly-skilled ENT doctors at Snoring Austin regularly perform septoplasties with great success. We can correct your deviated septum during a simple 20-minute procedure, so there is no reason to delay treatment! 

We will make sure you are well-prepared for your septoplasty. Our patients are highly satisfied with the quality of care and treatment they receive in our Austin and Lakeway ENT clinics. We provide personalized care, so you get the best outcome from our treatments.

If you are ready to receive expert treatment for your deviated septum, schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors. Call our Austin clinic today at (512) 339-4040 or our Lakeway clinic at (512) 682-4798. Alternatively, you can send us an appointment request using our convenient online form.