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Sinus Surgeries
Septoplasty

Septoplasty surgery is considered to correct a deviated septum or "crooked septum" which obstructs the nasal passages and causes nasal obstruction. The septum is a thin wall of cartilage that ideally separates the two nasal passages evenly. A deviation occurs when the cartilage is abnormally pushed out of the midline position, which happens most commonly with an injury or it can be present at birth. MRI deviated septum

A deviated septum may cause no symptoms at all. However, because of the narrowed nasal passage, air flow may be restricted, reducing the functionality of the nose and contributing in some cases to chronic sinusitis

If the deviation is severe enough or involves underlying support areas, referral to a head and neck plastic surgeon is appropriate to discuss a slightly more involved procedure.

The goal and benefits of septoplasty are to improve nasal functionality and to restore the airways, making it easier for patients to breathe.

Septoplasty Surgical Treatment

Septoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient or same day surgery procedure. The incision is made inside the nose. The normal lining of the nose overlying the septum is elevated and preserved and the crooked portions of the septum are removed.

The lining is then laid back down and stitched in place. Care is taken to leave certain key supporting areas of cartilage and bone intact in order to avoid any sagging of the bridge or tip of the nose.

The lining of the nose overlying septum is elevated and preserved and the crooked portions of the septum are removed. The lining is then laid back down and stitched in place.

Care is taken to leave certain key supporting areas of cartilage and bone intact in order to avoid any sagging of the bridge or tip of the nose. If the deviation is severe enough or involves these support areas, referral to a head and neck plastic surgeon is appropriate to discuss a slightly more involved procedure.

With the exception of some tenderness of the tip of the nose for a week or so, the recovery is typically easy.