What is septoplasty?

The surgical procedure necessary to correct a deviated septum is called septoplasty.

Septoplasty is a type of surgery performed to correct a deviated septum – the bone and cartilage which divides the nostrils. While having a deviated septum is normal to some degree, surgery is necessary in severe cases, as the condition can cause difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils. Additionally, a severely deviated septum may lead to crusting or bleeding.

The purpose of the surgery is to strengthen the septum and to place it in the middle of your nose by trimming, repositioning and replacing the cartilage or bone. Certain portions of the septum may be removed during this procedure.

The surgery is performed through one incision made inside the nose, but in certain cases, it may be necessary to make one incision between the nostrils as well.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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