Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct deviated nasal septum. Septoplasty straightens the sep-tum, allowing for better airflow through nose.
How is Septoplasty done?
It is performed entirely through the nasal cavity. This would mean that there are no external bruises or external signs.In a typical procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. They next lift up the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum. Then the deviated septum is moved into the right position. Any barriers, such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage, are removed. The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane.
Sometimes stitches are required to hold the septum and membrane in place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position.
Who needs Septoplasty?
- To correct a deviated septum, which is making breathing through the nose difficult
- To remove nasal tumor
- As a part of sinus surgery