Septorhinoplasty (functional)

If you’re having difficulty breathing through your nose, septorhinoplasty may be appropriate for you. It combines an operation to improve the appearance of your nose (also called rhinoplasty, or a 'nose job') and one to help you breathe through your nose (septoplasty) into one procedure.

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What is functional septorhinoplasty?

Septorhinoplasty is nasal reconstructive surgery to treat blocked a nasal passage and to improve the function (i.e breathing ability) through your nose. This procedure is usually carried out after a traumatic injury to improve breathing.

We offer functional septorhinoplasty (i.e. to help you breathe properly) but it's not available for cosmetic reasons. Your Consultant will be able to discuss the options available to you during your initial appointment.

What happens during septorhinoplasty?

The exact type of procedure you’ll have depends on your specific problem. Your Consultant will discuss this with you in detail before the operation.

The septorhinoplasty will be carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you’ll be asleep. Your surgeon will either make cuts inside your nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the outside of your nose (open rhinoplasty) and will adjust and repair parts of cartilage or bone to improve your breathing.

The surgery itself will usually take no longer than two hours but can usually be undertaken as a day case, so you should be able to go home the same day. Because you'll need to have a general anaesthetic, your Consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. You should also arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.

What should I expect after septorhinoplasty?

After septorhinoplasty, you may have dissolvable stitches in the nostril and you’ll probably leave hospital with a splint on your nose. We’ll explain what you need to do with the splint and whether you need any follow-up appointments.

You will need to take a couple of weeks off work and you should avoid strenuous activities during this time. There will be some bruising and swelling for some weeks after and it can take many months before you may see the full benefit of the operation.

How much does a septorhinoplasty cost?

Contact us using our online enquiry form or call our Private Patient Team now on 01580 363158 for more details about the cost of a septorhinoplasty.

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