Septoplasty (deviated septum surgery) is a corrective surgical procedure done to straighten the nasal septum, the partition between the two nasal cavities. Ideally, the septum should run down the center of the nose. When it deviates into one of the cavities, it narrows that cavity and impedes airflow. Often, the inferior turbinate on the opposite side enlarges, which is termed compensatory hypertrophy. Deviations of the septum can lead to nasal obstruction. Most surgeries are completed in 60 minutes or less, and the recovery time is usually less than a week. Septoplasty is sometimes done with reduction of enlarged turnbates, or with rhinoplasty for cosmetic correction of the deformities of the external nasal framework.
The procedure usually involves a judicious excision/realignment of a portion of the bone and/or cartilage in the nasal cavity. Under general or local anesthesia, the surgeon works through the nostrils, making an incision in the lining of the septum to reach the cartilage targeted in the operation. Sufficient cartilage is preserved for structural support. After the septum is straightened, it may then be stabilized temporarily with small plastic tubes, splints, or sutures internally.
After a thorough consultation with one of our physicians, a septoplasty surgery to correct a severely deviated septum may be recommended. The purpose of septoplasty surgery is to open the nasal airway and improve breathing. During the surgery, deformed septal cartilage and bone are removed or realigned. The surgery is performed within the nose. Typically, there are no external incisions.
Septoplasty surgery has helped many improve their breathing and quality of life.