What patients and families need to know
FAQ Deviated Septum
What are the complications associated with nasal surgery for deviated septum in children?
Children vary greatly in their anatomy and healing ability, and the outcome is never completely predictable. Complications may occur, including, but not limited to, the following:
What are the short-term side effects of nasal surgery for a child's deviated septum?
The following short-term side effects may occur. If symptoms do not subside, consult your child's physician.
- Face will feel puffy
- Nose may ache
- Dull headache
- Swelling around the eyes
- Bruising around the eyes
- Small amount of bleeding in first few days
- Small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin's surface
Healing is a slow and gradual process. Some swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip of the nose. Final results of nasal surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct an improperly formed nasal septum. The procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils. During the procedure, badly deviated portions of the septum may be removed entirely or they may be readjusted and reinserted into the nose.
In addition to correcting a deviated nasal septum, septoplasty may also be performed to correct other problems such as cleft defects that affect the nose and nasal cavity, and a fistula in the maxillary sinuses.
What should my child expect during the septoplasty procedure?
Septoplasty may be performed with the traditional open surgical technique from inside the nose. When open surgery is performed, small scars will be located on the base of the nose, but they usually are not noticeable. Scarring is not visible when internal surgery is performed. Depending on the severity of the deviation, septoplasty may be performed in the following settings:
- A surgeon's office
- An outpatient surgery center
- A hospital as an outpatient
- A hospital as an inpatient
The surgeon will provide guidelines for resuming normal activities. Many children are up and around within a few days and able to return to school in a week or so.