Nasal septum repair
Septoplasty is surgery performed to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the structure inside the nose that separates the nose into two chambers.
Most people receive general anesthesia for septoplasty. This will make you asleep and pain-free. Some people have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Most people go home the same day.
To do the procedure:
The surgeon makes a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose.
The main reasons for this surgery are:
Risks for any surgery are:
Risks for this surgery are:
Before the procedure:
After the procedure:
Most septoplasty procedures are able to straighten the septum. Breathing often improves.
Kridel RWH, Strum-O'Brien A. The nasal septum. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund LJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA:Elsevier Mosby; 2015:chap 32.
Last reviewed on: 2/3/2015
Reviewed by: Alan Lipkin, MD, otolaryngologist, private practice, Denver, CO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.