Treatments for Deviated Septum in Children

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How do you fix it?

Your child's physician will probably recommend a simple septoplasty, which is a reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct an improperly formed nasal septum.

In addition to correcting a deviated nasal septum, septoplasty may also be performed to correct other problems, such as cleft abnormalities that affect the nose and nasal cavity.

What happens during the septoplasty?

Septoplasty may be performed with the traditional open surgical technique or 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, your child's 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

Your child's 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.

What are the complications associated with nasal surgery?

Children vary greatly in their anatomy and healing ability, so the outcome is never completely predictable.

Complications may occur, including the following:

  • infection
  • nosebleed
  • reaction to the anesthesia

Short-term side effects of surgery may include:

  • splint applied to nose to help maintain new shape
  • nasal packs or soft plastic splints placed in nostrils to stabilize septum
  • 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

If any of these symptoms don't subside, consult your child's physician.

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