The nasal septum is the part of the nose that separates nostrils, and when the cartilage that separates the nostrils is out of position or crooked, the condition of deviated nasal septum occurs. It can cause serious breathing problems, headache, heavy snoring, bleeding, severe sleep apnea, and sometimes even pain. Some patients with a deviated septum need to undergo surgery to relieve their symptoms.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty, or deviated septum surgery, is a surgical procedure performed for treating the nasal blockage mostly caused by a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a displacement of the wall consisting of bone and cartilage between the nostrils. Besides septum, enlarged bone structures called turbinates may also block parts of the nose and cause for difficulty in breathing. Septoplasty is also used for treating long-term sinusitis, removal of nasal polyps, and treating the other conditions that block the nasal airway. The main purpose of this surgery is to form a nose through which we may breathe easily.
Septoplasty (septal reconstruction) is a surgical procedure performed to correct the nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum.
The nasal septum consists of a thin bone and cartilage that separates the nasal passages. In most cases, people with a deviated septum have one nasal passage that’s smaller than the other. If the cartilage or bone deviates in the septum, some problems might occur, such as difficulty in breathing. The correction of a deviated nasal septum is sometimes combined with the reduction of the nasal turbinates. The nasal turbinates regulate the nasal airstream functions like warming up and moistening. Similar to septum deviation, enlarged turbinates are seen commonly in patients suffering from reduced nasal breathing.