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Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when your septum, the wall and cartilage that divides your nose, is moved or crooked to one side. During the procedure your doctor will straighten and reposition the nasal septum to improve airflow and deliver lasting relief.

What Is Septoplasty Surgery?

Septoplasty surgery takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. You may be under either local or general anesthesia, depending on what you and your doctor decide is best for you.

The surgeon begins by making a small incision on one side of your nose to access the septum.  Through that opening, your doctor will trim, reposition and/or replace cartilage and bone that may seem problematic and contributing to your sinus issues.  Once the septum is properly aligned, your doctor will close the incisions and insert soft splints to support the area as it heals. You will then be transferred to a recovery room where you will be closely monitored to insure complication after surgery do not arise.

Recovering From Septoplasty Surgery

Septoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure unless major complications arise. Depending on the level of complexity, splints may be placed in your nose to promote proper healing. Stents may be removed a day or two after surgery and your doctor will prescribe pain medication as needed.

Tips for a quicker recovery:

  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Keep head elevated at night
  • To not blow nose for at least 2 to 3 days after surgery
  • Avoid clothes that must be pulled over your head

Outlook + Outcome

The wound and surgery symptoms should heal fairly quickly, and your breathing is likely to improve shortly after the procedure. Septoplasty surgery offers immediate improvements in deviated septum symptoms and quality of life.  Most of our patients report substantial relief from breathing difficulties, congestion, nose bleeds and sinus infections shortly after surgery.

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