What is Septoplasty?

A septoplasty is a nose surgery which corrects the deviations in the nasal septum to improve the nasal airway. The nasal septum is a cartilaginous and bony structure that separates the two nasal cavities. The nasal septum can be deviated (crooked) resulting in nasal obstruction.

The Symptoms

Symptoms of nasal obstruction can include nasal congestion, mouth breathing, snoring, dry mouth, and reduced sense of smell. A deviated septum may also contribute to sinus infections, recurrent nose bleeds, rhinogenic headaches, or sleep problems.

The Causes

A deviated septum can be caused by nasal trauma, nasal fracture, development, or can be present at birth. Enlarged turbinates can also contribute to nasal obstruction. A turbinate is composed of tissue and bone, which arises from the lateral nasal wall and when enlarged, can block the nasal airway. Septoplasty can be performed with turbinate surgery if enlarged turbinates are also blocking the nasal airway.

The Procedure

The objective of a septoplasty is to remove the deviated portion of nasal septal cartilage and bone while keeping the exterior shape of the nose unchanged. The incisions for a septoplasty are hidden inside the nose. Dr. Harirchian will often perform a septoplasty with endoscopic turbinate surgery to maximally improve the breathing. She typically does not use any packing or nasal splints after this procedure.

Septoplasty alone will not change the appearance of the nose nor will it improve nasal valve collapse. More complicated forms of nasal obstruction from a twisted, crooked or collapsed nose may require a functional rhinoplasty to improve breathing and straighten the nose. Form accompanies function in the nose, so often noses that are crooked don’t breathe well. The removed nasal septal cartilage and bone may be used during a septorhinoplasty for reconstruction of the nasal valves or appearance of the nose.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harirchian about a spetoplasty or any of our nose treatments.