Simon Madorsky, MD Premier Orange County
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

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Septoplasty is surgery to straighten or reshape the septum. The nasal septum is the thin wall of cartilage and bone which divides the inside of the nose into two separate passages. This wall can become severely deviated or pushed to one side either from injury or asymmetrical growth. There can also be small growths called septal spurs that can cause pressure and headaches. A deviated septum can cause nasal airway obstruction, sinus issues and sometimes even a crooked nasal appearance. Poor airflow can also limit exercise tolerance and effect sleep quality.

During septoplasty surgery, general anesthesia is required. Small incisions are made inside the nose. The bent cartilage is removed or repositioned and the septum is reshaped to create more even chambers. The incisions are closed with dissolving sutures. Septoplasty can be done alone or in combination with other procedures such as cosmetic rhinoplasty.

Recovery Instructions following Septoplasty

Following surgery there is usually soft packing in one or both nostrils overnight to absorb any oozing. Sometimes a small nasal splint or cast is placed on the outside of the nose for about 1 week to protect the nose during healing. After mild swelling resolves, airways are much more open making nasal breathing easier.