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What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgery performed to straighten or reposition the nasal septum to the midline of the nose. The nasal septum is a cartilaginous and bony structure that separates the right and left nostrils.

Anatomy of the Nasal Septum

The nasal septum is an important support structure of the nose composed of a quadrangular cartilage which forms the tip and the lower part of the nose and a bony upper segment. It is covered by a layer of mucosa and has a rich blood supply, which makes the nasal septum a common source for nosebleeds. Deviation of the nasal septum is a common deformity that occurs in nearly 50% of people; however, only about 2% have obstructive symptoms that require treatment.

Indications for Septoplasty

You may be a candidate for septoplasty if you have a significantly deviated nasal septum that is causing chronic problems such as:

  • Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils 
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sinus infections 
  • Nasal congestion and pressure

Preparation for Septoplasty

Specific instructions will be provided by your surgeon. In general, you should:

  • Inform your surgeon about any health conditions, allergies, and medications you are taking.
  • Avoid smoking as it will slow down the healing process.
  • Follow the eating and drinking restrictions as instructed prior to the surgery.

Septoplasty Procedure

  • The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. 
  • The surgeon will work through incisions made inside the nose to straighten the septum. Occasionally, a small incision may also be made between the nostrils.  
  • Excess bone and cartilage are removed, and the septum is repositioned to the midline.
  • The repositioned nasal septum may be reinforced with strips of cartilage.
  • Silicone splints may also be used in each nostril to support the septum.
  • The incisions are then closed with sutures.
  • Following the procedure, you will be moved to the recovery room for a short period of observation.

Recovery after Septoplasty

  • You may require 1-2 hours to recover from the effects of general anesthesia after which you may be discharged home. 
  • There may be temporary stuffiness, discomfort, and a slight bloody nasal discharge. Your surgeon will provide medications to alleviate symptoms if necessary. 
  • Avoid blowing your nose and sleep with the head of your bed elevated until your incisions are fully healed.
  • Strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks after surgery.

Risks of Septoplasty

Septoplasty is a very safe procedure which can greatly improve your breathing and quality of life; however, as with any other surgery, there is a minimal risk of complications which include infection, bleeding, delayed healing, change in the shape of the nose, altered sense of smell, and airway obstruction.

Location & DirectionsENT Jacksonville

1370 13th Avenue South, Suite 115 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Miller School of Medicine