A surgical procedure known as septoplasty is recommended when the nasal septum is deviated that results in difficulty to breathe through the nose and/or causes a frequently recurrent runny nose. A deviated nasal septum can be congenital or acquired as a result of injury to the nose.
If the shape of the entire nose needs to be corrected, septoplasty should be done along with rhinoplasty, as septoplasty alone usually results in little or no change in the shape of the nose.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
- The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and time in surgery is 45 minutes on the average;
- The surgeon places an incision inside the nose, i.e., in the mucosa; therefore, there are no visible postoperative scars. During the surgery, the deviated portions of the nasal septum are removed, and the septum is repositioned to the midline;
- After the surgery, the surgeon may place special nasal packing inside the nose, which is usually removed the next day.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The sutures from the nasal mucosa are not removed; they dissolve by themselves;
- Physical activity is discouraged for 2 weeks after the surgery;
- It is recommended to wash the nose with saltwater and use oil drops for 2 weeks after the surgery.