Septoplasty is performed to correct damage or deviation to the septum (the partition of cartilage inside the nose separating the two nostrils).
This may be due to an injury or a birth defect and can cause problems such as breathing difficulties, snoring, blockages, sinus and/or ear pain, excess mucus or allergy-type symptoms.
The surgeon will make an incision in the skin over the septum inside the nose then straighten out the cartilage and move it back into the middle of the nose. Further back in the nose, the septum changes to bone. If this bone is crooked, small pieces will be removed to make it straight again.
Full straightening/correction may not always be possible as this is dependent upon the severity of the deviation.
The incision is closed with dissolvable stitches and splints are applied over the nose to keep it in position. These are removed the following day.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, on an out-patient basis, or with an overnight stay in hospital.