Although most people do not have nostrils that are entirely equal in size, some have nostrils that are significantly flawed due to a deviated septum. The septum is the bone and cartilage partition found between the two nostrils. When it is significantly off-center, it can make breathing difficult and cause other health concerns. For example, these individuals are more likely than others are to develop frequent sinus infections. This is because the sinuses cannot drain properly, allowing mucus to collect in them. Sinus infections can lead to pain in the area, persistent nasal discharge, and even frequent snoring when asleep. Other symptoms of a deviated septum include frequent headaches and nosebleeds.
Solving Health Issues with Septoplasty
Rather than living the rest of one’s life like this, a septoplasty can solve the problem. Dr. Tavoussi uses an easy procedure performed at the Pacifica Outpatient Surgical Center to correct this problem for good. During the septoplasty, the patient’s septum will be adjusted and straightened, allowing both nostrils to be the same size. The patient will have either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation during the procedure to remain comfortable.
Recovery After Septoplasty Procedures
Following the septoplasty, patients will be discharged home with full care and follow-up instructions. This may include information about what to take for discomfort, how to pack the nose, how to elevate the head and any side effects for which individuals should be on the lookout. A follow-up appointment will also be made at this time for Dr. Tavoussi to check the nose and the incisions to ensure that everything is healing properly.