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Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions about nasal septum surgery (also known as septoplasty). Learn how it’s done, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
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What is your nasal septum?
Your nasal septum is the structure that divides your nose into 2 nostrils. It consists of bone and cartilage. Several things can cause problems with your nasal septum. While damage can be caused by injury to your nose, some people are born with a deviated nasal septum. A deviated nasal septum can cause problems with breathing, and may also be associated with snoring or sleep apnoea. There are a number of treatments for nasal septum problems, however, if they haven’t worked, you may need surgery.
What is nasal septum surgery (septoplasty)?
Nasal septum surgery is a procedure that aims to straighten your deviated nasal septum. It may be done in combination with other surgeries such as nasal turbinate surgery, nasal polyp removal or sinus surgery.
How is it done?
Surgery is usually performed through your nostrils. Your surgeon lifts off the tissue which covers the septum, then removes and repositions the deviated cartilage and bone before replacing the tissue.
Where is it done?
Septoplasty may be done in a hospital or day clinic. It’s normally done as same-day surgery although sometimes you may need to stay in hospital overnight.
How long does it take?
It normally takes between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the surgery.
Who is involved?
- an ear nose and throat surgeon
- possibly an assistant surgeon
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