What is a septoplasty?
A septoplasty is surgery to straighten a deviated septum. One can be born with a deviated septum or it can shift as a result of trauma, like a broken nose, or just from growth in puberty.
Septoplasty surgery usually does not involve incisions on the outside of the nose so there will not be scaring on the outside. A cut is made to lift up the mucous membrane lining the inside of the nose. The area of bone or cartilage in the blocked area is straightened or trimmed. The mucous membrane is then repositioned over the bone and cartilage and held in place either by sutures or gauze packing. The surgery usually takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours and patients go home the same day.