Septoplasty Risks

Dr. Philip J. Miller, a renowned facial plastic surgeon in NYC, understands that while no surgical procedure can be guaranteed 100% risk free, surgeon experience and patient education can greatly reduce the chance of complications.

Dr. Miller’s excellent track record of safety and exemplary patient results speak for themselves. However, he believes it is very important that every septoplasty patient understands the potential risks, however small, associated with these procedures.

What Should I Expect After A Septoplasty?

The vast majority of septoplasty patients experience uneventful post-operative phases and are happy with their final results. Slight nasal blockage is expected symptoms after this nose job procedure. These symptoms are not considered complications.

What Are The Risks Associated With Septoplasty?

Many of the risks associated with septoplasty procedure can be minimized in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Miller. However, risk can never be 100% eliminated. Certain factors beyond Dr. Miller’s control can sometimes intervene and create complications.

During your septoplasty consultation, Dr. Miller will explain the risks associated with this nose job procedure. You will be asked to sign consent forms acknowledging that you understand these risks.

  • Perforation Of The Septum
  • Since a septoplasty requires Dr. Miller to re-align the septum – the wall that separates the two nostrils – there is a slight risk that this fragile wall could be punctured. Most holes require no additional treatment. However, if the perforation causes infection or discomfort, then additional surgery may be required.

  • Infection
  • Every surgical procedure carries the risk of infection. When incisions are made, tiny bacteria can enter the open wounds and cause infections. Dr. Miller may prescribe a preventative antibiotic to address this potential issue. However, when you are in the post-operative phase, you should monitor yourself for signs of infection, including fever, chills, wound seepage or skin discoloration.

  • Decreased Sense Of Smell
  • Re-alignment of the septum occasionally interferes with the sensory receptors for smell.

  • Altered Nose Shape Or Appearance
  • Because modifications will be made to your interior nasal structure, it is extremely unlikely but it is possible that external changes to your nose may occur. Sometimes, septoplasty is performed together with rhinoplasty to address this issue.

  • Bleeding
  • Post-surgical bleeding may occur, but usually happens in less than 1% of septoplasty patients. If it happens to you, nasal packing will be inserted to help stop the bleeding.

    How Can I Minimize The Risks Of Septoplasty?

    As with any surgery, there is no way to fully eliminate risks associated with a septoplasty procedure. Dr. Miller has worked on thousands of septoplasty patients in his NYC practice, and has developed the following guidelines to aid in recovery and minimize risks.

  • Follow All Post-Operative Instructions
  • This is by far the most effective way to help ensure a smooth recovery and reduce the chance for certain risks. Dr. Miller will provide you with an extensive list of post-op instructions. He is giving you these for a reason. Please carefully follow them.

  • Take All Antibiotics
  • If Dr. Miller prescribes an antibiotic for you, please ensure that you take the entire prescription, even if you are feeling better. These antibiotics will help ward off post-surgical infection.

  • Use Your Nasal Saline Spray
  • To ensure a satisfactory recovery, it is important to keep your nasal cavities moist at all times. Follow Dr. Miller’s instructions for the use of your nasal spray.

  • Sneeze Or Cough With An Open Mouth
  • This helps you avoid placing undue pressure or stress on your nose.

    How Do I Learn More About Septoplasty Risks?

    A consultation with Dr. Miller in his NYC office is the best way to learn more about septoplasty risks. To set up your consultation, please call us at (646) 791-3112 or complete our convenient Contact Form.