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Septoplasty

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    Registered Users Posts: 2,852 purplecow1977


    Hi all.

    I have a deviated septum. Born with it. Has gotten to the stage where it's causing breathing and snoring problems (my partner has moved to spare room!).

    From Googling (I know, I know) I reckon a septoplasty might help. I have some questions.

    What is the process to getting this done? Go to my GP?

    If I go privately, how do I do this? I don't have health insurance. I don't mind paying (It seems to be less than €2000) and I'm guessing I would have more input on when the surgery would be scheduled. I have a busy summer, and don't know how long the waiting list is for going publicly.

    Either way, public or private, how do I start the ball rolling? And any idea of costs or success rates?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sleepless in Meath


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  • #2


    Hi all.

    I have a deviated septum. Born with it. Has gotten to the stage where it's causing breathing and snoring problems (my partner has moved to spare room!).

    From Googling (I know, I know) I reckon a septoplasty might help. I have some questions.

    What is the process to getting this done? Go to my GP?

    If I go privately, how do I do this? I don't have health insurance. I don't mind paying (It seems to be less than €2000) and I'm guessing I would have more input on when the surgery would be scheduled. I have a busy summer, and don't know how long the waiting list is for going publicly.

    Either way, public or private, how do I start the ball rolling? And any idea of costs or success rates?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sleepless in Meath

    Go to your GP who will refer you to a surgeon. You’d have a consultation with them, some scans then set a date for surgery. Most private surgeons operate in a number of hospitals so finding an approximate date to suit isn’t too difficult. The surgeons secretary would be able to give you all details of costs in advance


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    Hello again,

    Public isn't an option. GP says waiting lists could be up to 3 years.
    She wasn't sure how much it would cost but said it could be thousands.

    Does anyone have any idea before I ring next week on prices? I'd like to know a ballpark figure.

    Thanks.


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    Have a look at the Cross Border Directive

    https://www2.hse.ie/services/cross-border-directive/about-the-cross-border-directive.html

    No idea re costs here I’m afraid.


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    A post from 4 years ago in this forum indicated that it would be at least €2,000.
    kravmaga wrote: »
    gar44 wrote: »
    Hi Guys,

    I was hoping to get some insight from someone that might have gone through this process. I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of how much a septoplasty costs in Ireland and if any Irish health insurance plan covers it.

    Any comments or PM's would be greatly appreciated.
    €2,000 approx for the surgery, takes 20mins.

    I got it done last year, VHI covered all the cost of surgery only, except the initial pre surgeon visit and post op visits


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    Anybody get this done ?


    I got it done two weeks ago and honestly it’s feels worse than before .


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    Still on the waiting list! Thought they had forgotten about me but no - got a text to ask if I was still happy to remain on the waiting list! There wasn't an option for NO ID RATHER BE ON THE OPERATING TABLE but hey ho. Yours feels worse?! Oh no. In what way?


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    Anybody get this done ?


    I got it done two weeks ago and honestly it’s feels worse than before .

    Did it get any better? Strongly considering it. I've been sleeping poorly for decades at this stage. Snoring is driving the wife mad too. How much did it cost?


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    DerekCorr wrote: »
    Did it get any better? Strongly considering it. I've been sleeping poorly for decades at this stage. Snoring is driving the wife mad too. How much did it cost?

    I'm still waiting! :D Half wished I had just paid for it now. BF won't sleep in same room as me :(


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    Anybody get this done ?.

    I had. Really improved my breathing. I don't remember how long the recovery was, but definitely longer than a week.


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    victor8600 wrote: »
    I had. Really improved my breathing. I don't remember how long the recovery was, but definitely longer than a week.

    That's good that it worked! I've waited this long now so I may wait a bit longer, but no idea how long the public waiting list is. :(


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    victor8600 wrote: »
    I had. Really improved my breathing. I don't remember how long the recovery was, but definitely longer than a week.

    Good to hear! Where did you have it done? Do you mind saying how much it cost? I emailed a clinic about a consultation - they replied that first I will need a referral from my GP, and then the consultation will cost 200, so I'm guessing it won't be cheap. About 260 quid just to get in the door. If it improves my sleep, it will be worth it.


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    DerekCorr wrote: »
    Good to hear! Where did you have it done? Do you mind saying how much it cost? I emailed a clinic about a consultation - they replied that first I will need a referral from my GP, and then the consultation will cost 200, so I'm guessing it won't be cheap. About 260 quid just to get in the door. If it improves my sleep, it will be worth it.

    I had emailed 3 places 2 years ago and prices ranged from €3,500 to €5000.
    I don't have private health insurance.
    And yes needed a referral letter from GP.


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    DerekCorr wrote: »
    Good to hear! Where did you have it done? Do you mind saying how much it cost? ....

    The Hermitage Medical Clinic. I have a VHI, I had to pay only for the consultation, which was around €250.


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    Looking into a septoplasty too. Not fully sure how it works.

    I have Health Insurance with Laya since September (had it previously for 2 years with Laya but it lapsed over the Summer when I changed jobs) so almost at end of initial 26 week waiting period. Will it be treated as a pre-existing medical condition as it is likely I was likely born with this and have to wait 5 years?

    It has gotten really bad recently; my teeth grinding and breathing difficulty at night and post-nasal drip during the day are unbearable. I have also been getting tonsillitis frequently since end of last year unsure if PND related. I first mentioned to Doc in December and got nasal spray but it hasn't helped.

    I would hope that the insurance company would take the date of reporting issues with it to doctor as the date of onset of symptoms? I know deviated septums get more problematic as you get older.

    Alternatively, was considering going public and availing of the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (think it is same as Cross Border scheme) as I have to money to pay for it upfront but would like to avail of a reimbursement if possible.

    Any advice would be appreciated.


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    what breathing problems does a deviated septum cause besides lack of through put between the tighter clearance in the nose. I read some said breathing issues, Id like to get this done but not if it could make matters worse. :eek:


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    Hey,

    I got a septoplasty just yesterday so thought I'd post.

    I had a severe deviated septum.

    I'm a longtime boards lurker and never setup an account until today to reply just as an FYI. I'm unsure if I can post the consultant I used?

    I went private, did not need a GP referral for this particular consultant and VHI will be covering the cost. Sorry no idea how much it was as I knew it would be covered so didn't ask.

    Surgery was in the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital. I went down at 3.30pm, it took about an hour, I was kept in recovery an hour being monitored, an hour on the day ward and then home and all for 7pm.

    The pain for me has been pretty mild. A lot of swelling and I have splints in both nostrils, I was given a bandage to put under my nose to catch blood/mucus but once that stops I won't have any bandages.

    I am back Tuesday for splints to be removed so will know more then.

    My consultant only does septoplasty so if you're looking for septorhinoplasty, make sure your consultant does them.

    I will keep you updated with my recovery but so far so good.


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    Hi Tash,

    how are you feeling now? better? worse?

    Can I ask how it affected you before or what made you want to get it?
    if you don't mind me asking?


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    Tash, could I ask if it took long to get a consult etc. I am on two waiting lists (like yourself I have Laya and this will cover it) both of which have stated it will take over a year to be seen, I’m hoping to have the rhino/septoplasty done as soon as possible as it’s getting worse.


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    Hey,

    I got a septoplasty just yesterday so thought I'd post.

    I had a severe deviated septum.

    I'm a longtime boards lurker and never setup an account until today to reply just as an FYI. I'm unsure if I can post the consultant I used?

    I went private, did not need a GP referral for this particular consultant and VHI will be covering the cost. Sorry no idea how much it was as I knew it would be covered so didn't ask.

    Surgery was in the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital. I went down at 3.30pm, it took about an hour, I was kept in recovery an hour being monitored, an hour on the day ward and then home and all for 7pm.

    The pain for me has been pretty mild. A lot of swelling and I have splints in both nostrils, I was given a bandage to put under my nose to catch blood/mucus but once that stops I won't have any bandages.

    I am back Tuesday for splints to be removed so will know more then.

    My consultant only does septoplasty so if you're looking for septorhinoplasty, make sure your consultant does them.

    I will keep you updated with my recovery but so far so good.

    Hi TashxMurray

    How was your recovery after septoplasty?
    I'm due to have same done in a few weeks also in Royal Eye and Ear, perhaps the same consultant.
    Im extremely nervous about the recovery part as I've read/heard so many different experiences


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