A deviated septum is a relatively common condition where the column of cartilage that separates the two nostrils sits more to one side than the other. This can block airways and cause several medical problems. Some people are born with a deviated septum while others acquire one due to an injury. The best way to resolve a deviated septum is with septoplasty surgery.
Dr. David Santos performs many septoplasties and combined rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures. While a septoplasty is a fairly simple procedure, it is still a major surgery that requires some preparation. Dr. Santos provides some tips on how to prepare for septoplasty surgery.
Dr. Santos may make specific requests of each patient based on their medical history, medications, and lifestyle. In general, here are some ways to prepare for your Seattle septoplasty:
- Stop smoking well in advance of the procedure
- Discontinue (if possible) medications that thin the blood
- Avoid taking ibuprofen and aspirin based painkillers in the days before and after surgery
- Arrange for a caretaker for 24 hours following surgery (this can be a friend, family member, spouse, or any person able to take care of you)
- Follow Dr. Santos’ instructions on eating and drinking prior to surgery