Septal surgery, also referred to as septoplasty, is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to repair a deviated nasal septum. When the septum – the bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils – is crooked, or deviated, it can result in unpleasant symptoms such as difficulty breathing, snoring, or chronic sinusitis.
Septal surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis due to the fact that it is minimally-invasive and can be performed with local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will utilize an endoscope, a medical device with an attached light for viewing, to assist them while they repair the septum. The surgeon will often trim or straighten the cartilage. In some cases it may be necessary to reshape or straighten the nose in a combination method known as septorhinoplasty.
Septal surgery can significantly assist patients in the relief of painful and irritating symptoms and the procedure itself can be performed as quickly as within an hour or so.
While over-the-counter or prescription sprays and medications may assist in treating the symptoms associated with a deviated symptom, septal surgery is the only method to fix the issue permanently and allow you the opportunity to breathe freely again.