Septoplasty is surgery to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils.
Most people have receive general anesthesia before septoplasty. This will make you asleep and pain-free. Some people have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Patients usually go home the same day.
To do the procedure:
The surgeon makes a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose.
The main reasons for this surgery are:
Risks for any surgery are:
Risks for this surgery are:
Most septoplasty procedures are able to straighten the septum. Breathing often improves.
Nasal septum repair
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Updated by: Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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