Surgery of the Nasal Septum (Septoplasty)

Surgery of the nasal septum (septoplasty) is an operation frequently performed by plastic surgeons. This surgical procedure is performed to correct breathing problems caused by a distorted (deviated) nasal septum, which divides the nostrils. Septal deviation can interfere with the passage of air through the nose. Distorted cartilage and bone is selectively removed beneath the mucous membranes of the septum in order to improve nasal breathing. There are a number of techniques and approaches for a septoplasty. Septoplasty can be performed in conjunction with other nasal surgeries (rhinoplasty) that reshape the external appearance of the nose.


Additional Surgery

There are many variable conditions in addition to risk and potential surgical complications that may influence the long term result from septoplasty surgery. Even though risks and complications occur infrequently, the risks cited are the ones that are particularly associated with septoplasty surgery. Other complications and risks can occur but are even more uncommon. Should complications occur, additional surgery or other treatments may be necessary. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there cannot be any guarantee or warranty expressed or implied on the results that may be obtained.