What is a Septoplasty & Turbinectomy?

This operation is performed to treat a chronically blocked nose. Your surgeon will have assessed the cause to be due to a bend in the nasal septum (plate of bone and cartilage separating your left from right nostril), and or due to enlarged turbinates. Occasionally this procedure is undertaken as a part of sleep apnoea surgery to improve the nasal airway or to allow you to use your CPAP mask and sometimes it is done to allow access to structures deeper within the nose such as polyps or the sinuses.

Septoplasty Surgery wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait time can be up to

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The Public health system has a waiting period for Septoplasty surgery in Australia - which is the median across the year 2019/20

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Septoplasty & Turbinectomy ​- who is it for?

Who Is Septoplasty & Turbinectomy For?

For individuals who have deviated (bent) septum inside their nose, causing symptoms of a blocked nose.

Individuals who have enlarged turbinates (or nasal concha) can sometimes permanently enlarge the inside of their nose, causing symptoms of a blocked nose.

What are the benefits?

Your nasal airway will be more open, which should provide relief from a blocked nose.

What happens During Surgery?

You will be admitted on the day of your surgery and will stay overnight in hospital. The operation is performed with you under a general anaesthetic for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

For the septoplasty, a small cut is made on the inside of your nose on the septum and any bent or obstructing bone/cartilage is removed or straightened. The reconstructed nasal septum is secured with internal stitches. The stitches used inside the nose are designed to dissolve on their own over a few weeks when the nose lining has healed. The turbinates (“air-conditioning fins of the nose”) may be trimmed to reduce their size. 

You will wake up in the recovery room usually with some packing in the nose to prevent early post-operative bleeding. The nose is not usually very painful. After an overnight stay you will be reviewed by the surgical team in the morning and any non-dissolving nasal packing is removed (uncomfortable for a few seconds). Specific discharge instructions and postoperative appointments will be included in your discharge pack. Discharge medications will be supplied by the ward pharmacist. Medications vary but will include pain relief tablets, antibiotic tablets in some instances, and usually a saline nasal rinse to help ease the degree of crusting in the nose. Please follow the directions from the pharmacist.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You should be able to go home the same day. If you had non-dissolvable packing in your nose, you will need to stay overnight and the packing will be removed the next morning.

What is my recovery time?

This is generally not a very painful operation from which to recover. For the first few weeks your nose will feel quite blocked and you will have increased mucus and some dried blood in the nose. Saline rinses may be recommended. The front of the nose may be tender from the small dissolvable sutures just inside the nostril. It is important to follow the prescribed rest period at home. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. You may need up to 2 weeks off work (a medical certificate will be supplied if needed). By approximately 6 weeks after the surgery your nose should have healed.

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SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this ENT surgery if:

  • You are 1 year of age or over
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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