Septoplasty in South Africa

Treatment and Cost

10

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

2 Day in Hospital

8 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 3900

Hospitals

About the Septoplasty

The nasal septum is the wall present in the nose which separates the nasal cavity into the right and left cavities. The nasal septum is made of cartilage in the anterior region and bone in the posterior region. Though a slight deviation in the septum is normal finding, a greater extent of deviation in the septum results in soecific deviated septum symptoms by blocking a side of the nose causing breathing difficulties due to reduced airflow.  Septoplasty is the surgical procedure which helps in straightening the deviated nasal septum. While performing septoplasty surgery, the surgeon may trim (cut and remove parts of septum), reposition (placing in the middle of the nose) and replace cartilage, bone or both. Deviated septum symptoms such as breathing difficulty, physical structure and features of the nose are taken into consideration before planning septoplasty.

How is Septoplasty performed?

Septoplasty Procedure

A septoplasty is carried under local or general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used and the duration of the surgery depend on the complexity of the condition. The surgical procedure usually takes 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

The typical procedure is carried out in 4 steps;

Step 1:  The surgeon will make an incision on one side of the nose to access the septum. The mucous membrane (the protective covering of the septum) is lifted from the septum on one side.

Step 2: An incision is made on the septum in front of the nasal deviation and the nasal mucosal lining is lifted away from the septum on the other side.

Step 3: Then, the deviated septum will be moved into the midline position. Barriers such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage, will be removed.

Step 4: The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane. This is carried out by various methods. One method is suturing the membrane and septum to hold them in place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position.

Deviated Septum Surgery Cost

Deviated septum surgery cost depends on the hospital and the country where you are planning to get operated.

Anesthesia

The surgery may be performed under local or general based on the patient’s condition and the surgeon’s preference.

Recovery from Septoplasty

Recovering from a Septoplasty

Septoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis; therefore, the patient may be discharged on the same day after the anesthetic affect is worn off.

To promote healing and minimize swelling, physical activity should be limited for several weeks post surgery. Physical activities can increase blood pressure and lead to heavy nasal bleeding.

Tips for a quicker recovery include:

  • Elevating the head at night
  • Not blowing the nose for at least three days after surgery
  • Wearing clothing that may not require pulling over the head

Cartilage and other nasal tissues may take up to a year to fully settle into their new shape. Breathing will improve shortly after the procedure. The wound can be healed quickly.

 

Risks associated with surgery

  • Persistence of previous symptoms (difficulty in breathing), despite surgery
  • Excessive bleeding
  • A change in the shape of the nose
  • Septal perforation (An opening in the septum)
  • Anosmia (decreased sense of smell)
  • Septal hematoma (The collection of blood in the nasal space that would need to be drained)
  • Numb sensation

Patient Stories

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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