Septoplasty

Definition

Septoplasty is a surgery to straighten a deviated septum . The septum is the wall dividing the left and right nasal cavities. It is made of cartilage and bone and is lined with a thin mucus membrane. A normal septum is straight and in the center of the nose. A deviated septum is bent or off-center. Septal deviation may occur during development in the womb, during birth, as your nose grows, or after a traumatic injury. Septoplasty may be done at the same time as other nasal surgery, like rhinoplasty .

Reasons for Procedure

Septoplasty is considered if a deviated septum obstructs your nasal passages. The obstruction can cause impaired nasal breathing, sinus infections , obstructive sleep apnea , recurrent nose bleeds , or a runny nose. A deviated septum may also need to be corrected with septoplasty if it causes chronic headaches.
Deviated Nasal Septum
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
  • Numbness in the tip of the nose or upper front teeth
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Septal perforation—a hole in the septum
  • No improvement in symptoms
  • Poor cosmetic outcome
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

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