A septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed in one of our operating rooms to straighten out the deviated septum and improve nasal airflow. The structural components of the septum remain in place so that the nasal appearance does not change. However, it can be combined combined with an aesthetic procedure to improve the appearance of nose. This is called a septorhinoplasty.

  • The nasal septum is a part of the nasal skeleton that separates the two sides of the nose made up of both cartilage and bone. It directs airflow through the nose and provides the shape of the nose.
  • The septum may be deviated to one side or have a large ridge that can obstruct nasal airflow. The deviation can be due to nasal trauma or can be developmental.
  • Nasal septal splints are placed inside the nose after surgery in order to maintain the enlarged nasal airway and prevent scar tissue formation that may obstruct the nose.
  • The nasal splints are removed in the office about a week after surgery.
  • Saline nasal spray should be used liberally after the procedure while the splints are in place.
  • Septoplasty is often combined with a reduction in size of enlarged inferior nasal turbinates (turbinoplasty) in order to further improve nasal airflow.
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