Depending on your specific condition we have a number of surgical procedures to help relieve your symptoms. Benefits of surgery can include improved nasal airways, more effective sinus drainage and a recovery of your sense of smell. Our range of nasal surgery includes:
Septoplasty is an operation to correct a deviated septum. The septum, which is the partition between the two nasal cavities, sometimes deviates from its central position from birth or through injury, which can cause the nose to block which may lead to breathing difficulties. There are no cuts on the outside and the nose shape will not change.
A nasal polypectomy is the surgical removal of nasal polyps, usually under general anaesthetic.
Polyps are swellings in the nasal lining that may obstruct the nasal passages causing a blocked nose and reducing the sense of smell. Surgery to remove nasal polyps is usually only recommended if steroid medication has not been successful in treating them, or if the polyps are particularly large. Nasal polyps are usually benign (non-cancerous) but they can cause discharges or infection, and any blockage can cause a fluid build-up in your sinuses with possible pain or sinusitis.
Reduction of inferior turbinates
Turbinates are ridges of tissue in the lining of the nose which enlarge and can block your nasal passages when you have a cold, an infection or an allergy. Surgery to reduce the side wall of the nose and remove a small amount of the turbinate can help improve sinus drainage.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).
Nasal surgery can help if you have a sinus problem with symptoms such as nasal congestion or discharge, headaches or facial pain. Your sinuses are located behind and above your nose - they are air-filled cavities with a mucous membrane lining. The FESS procedure uses a very narrow scope to look into the nasal passage and sinuses to remove polyps and any abnormal tissue, so improving sinus drainage.
Nasal surgery is normally performed under a general anaesthetic which means you’ll be asleep during the operation. The procedures are usually carried out as day surgery which means you’ll be able to return home on the same day, but you may not be able to drive yourself.
Before the operation you’ll be given a nasal spray to reduce the thickness of the lining in your nose. The surgeon will be able to carry out these treatments endoscopically, using a thin tube-like instrument inserted through your nostrils. This enables the surgeon to see inside your nose, identify the exact problem, and carry out the required treatment. There is no need for any external incisions.
After surgery you may have packing in the nose to stop bleeding. This should be removed the following morning and any small amount of further bleeding can be controlled by pinching the soft part of the nose, applying an ice pack, and resting. You’ll need to avoid blowing your nose hard for a few days, but gentle sniffing will do no harm. A nasal spray may also help clear the nasal passages during this period.
You may need a few days off work and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a week or two.
As with any surgical procedure there is some risk of infection of the wound or bleeding after the operation. Specific risks associated with nasal surgery include:
- a change in the shape of your nose
- an opening in the septum (septal perforation)
- a decline in the sense of smell
- persistent nose-bleeds