Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils in the nose. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is crooked or off-center, which can cause breathing problems and other symptoms.
During a septoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision inside the nose and lift the mucous membrane that covers the septum. The deviated portion of the septum is then removed or repositioned, and any other obstructions, such as excess tissue or bone, may also be removed. The mucous membrane is then replaced, and the incision is closed.
Septoplasty is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, and it usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Recovery time varies, but most patients are able to return to work or school within a week or two after the procedure.
Septoplasty is usually recommended for individuals who have persistent nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, frequent nosebleeds, or chronic sinus infections that have not improved with other treatments. The procedure can improve nasal breathing and alleviate symptoms, but it may not completely cure all nasal problems. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with septoplasty, so it’s important to discuss the procedure with a qualified surgeon and carefully consider the risks and benefits before deciding to proceed.