The septum is the wall of bone and cartilage that divides your nose into two separate nostrils. A deviated septum occurs when your septum is moved to one side of your nose. Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by an injury to your nose. Most people with a deviated septum have one nasal passage that’s much smaller than the other.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty straightens the septum, allowing for better airflow through your nose.
- Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that’s done to fix a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage that separates your nostrils is out of position. This can cause breathing problems, nosebleeds, and pain.
- The main goal of septoplasty is to correct the alignment of your septum in order to improve airflow through your nose.
- Septoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure and can be done under either local or general anesthesia.
Procedure for Septoplasty
A septoplasty takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of the condition. You’ll be under either local or general anesthesia, depending on what you and your doctor decide is best for you.
In a typical procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. They’ll then lift up the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum. Then, the deviated septum will be moved into the right position. Any barriers, such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage, will be removed. The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane.
You may need stitches to hold the septum and membrane in place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position.