Septoplasty
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgery to straighten a deviated septum . The septum is the wall dividing the left and right nasal cavities. It is made of cartilage and bone and is lined with a thin mucus membrane.

A normal septum is relatively straight and in the center of the nose. A deviated septum is bent or significantly off-center. Septal deviation may occur during development in the womb, during birth, as your nose grows, or after a traumatic injury. Septoplasty may be done at the same time as other nasal surgery, like rhinoplasty .

Septoplasty is considered if a deviated septum obstructs your nasal passages. The obstruction can cause impaired nasal breathing, sinus infections , obstructive sleep apnea , recurrent nose bleeds , or a runny nose. A deviated septum may also need to be corrected with septoplasty if it causes chronic headaches.

Deviated Nasal Septum
Deviated Septum
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a septoplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Numbness in the tip of the nose or upper front teeth
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Septal perforation (a hole in the septum)
  • No improvement in symptoms
  • Poor cosmetic outcome

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Medical problems, such as cardiac disease
  • Cocaine use
  • Prior nasal surgery with excessive scarring
  • Taking certain medicines

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills *...
 
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