Nasal septumSurgery

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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.

For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.

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The basics

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. This can cause problems with breathing and may also be associated with snoring or sleep apnoea. There are several treatments for nasal septum problems, however, if they haven’t worked you may need surgery.

What is nasal septum surgery (septoplasty)?

Septoplasty 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
  • anaesthetist
  • nurses.

The details


Alternatives to septoplasty

There may be alternatives to septoplasty depending on your condition.
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Results vs risks of the procedure

The benefits and risks of septoplasty.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find an ear, nose and throat surgeon who specialises in this procedure.
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Questions for your specialist

What you should ask before going ahead with septoplasty.
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Preparing for your procedure

Pre-operative tests and preparation prior to septoplasty.
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Your anaesthetic options

About the anaesthetic and post-op pain relief.
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Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your surgery.
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Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.
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After your procedure

Your hospital stay.
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Resuming activities and watching for problems.
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People who’ve had a septoplasty talk about their preparation, surgery and recovery.

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