NOW. With spring still some months away, now is the right time to go in for a septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery, so you can be healed and ready to enjoy the sunny outdoors without worrying about allergies. A septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery is a combination of two surgical procedures that also liberates you from a host of problems like inability to breathe properly and frequent sinus infections. You can, in turn, enjoy a better quality of life.
What is Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction?
The inner lining between the two nostrils is known as septum. The position of this wall determines how much space you have in each nasal cavity. When the septum is aligned properly, there is equal space in these cavities and you can breathe normally. But in some people, this septum is not shaped right or has an improper alignment. This upsets the symmetry of and the balance of space in the two nasal cavities. Septoplasty is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to correct misalignment of the septum.
On the inside of our nostrils are bony, mucosa-lined growths called nasal turbinates. These tiny structures perform the critical function of cleansing the air we inhale, so we don’t take in germs and bacteria. But sometimes, these turbinates get inflamed and enlarged and block the nose. Those suffering from inflamed turbinates develop nasal congestion, mucous discharge, runny nose, and have difficulty breathing.
Sometimes people may suffer from a condition where the turbinates are chronically enlarged due to inflammation. Turbinate reduction is performed to remove the inflamed turbinates.
Septoplasty and turbinate reduction are performed together when a person has both a misaligned or deviated septum and inflamed turbinates.
Who Should Go In for a Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction Surgery?
You should go in for septoplasty and turbinate reduction if you have deviated nasal septum and chronically inflamed turbinates. Ideally, you should go in for this combined procedure immediately if these conditions inhibit your ability to lead a healthy, active, and productive life.
Deviated septum and nasal congestion impair your ability to breathe normally and freely. You may find yourself getting breathless after indulging in demanding physical activities even for short periods. Impaired breathing can also hamper your sleep. You may snore or develop sleep apnea that prevent you from enjoying restful sleep at night. Not getting enough sleep will make you drowsy (some people are cranky too) the next day and hamper your performance at work. Chronic sleep deprivation is also harmful to your health.
You must go in for a septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery if your conditions have triggered these complications.
Getting a septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery now also gives you enough time to heal before spring arrives. Spring time is allergy season, but do you want to stay indoors when it is gloriously sunny outside because you are afraid of catching an infection? A septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery improves the flow of air through your nose and reduces congestion, so you have fewer sinus infections to bother you.
Septoplasty and turbinate reduction is a minimally invasive procedure that is over within an hour. It is generally performed on an outpatient basis, so you can be home the same day. The downtime is just about a week, and you can be back to work or school soon. It is a hassle-free surgery that promises to enhance the quality of life by helping you sleep better and play and work comfortably.