What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty straightens the septum, allowing for better airflow through your nose. The septum is the wall of bone and cartilage that divides the inside of you nose down the middle. A deviated septum occurs when your septum is moved to one side of your nose.
Do you need a Septoplasty?
Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by an injury to your nose. Most people with a deviated septum have one nasal passage that’s much smaller than the other. This can cause difficulty breathing. Other symptoms of a deviated septum may include frequent nosebleeds and facial pain. Surgery is the only way to fix a deviated septum.
What can you expect?
Septoplasty straightens the nasal septum by trimming, repositioning, and replacing cartilage or bone. The surgeon works through incisions inside the nose. Occasionally it is necessary to make a small incision between the nostrils.
If the nasal bones are crooked and pushing the septum off to one side, it may be necessary to make cuts in the bones of the nose to reposition them. Spreader grafts are small, reinforcing strips of cartilage that can be used to help correct a deviated septum when the problem is along the bridge of the nose. Sometimes these are necessary to straighten the septum effectively.
Although Dr. Atkins may advise surgery in your case, ultimately, it’s your decision. The key issue for you to think about is quality of life. If surgery becomes an option for you, we will do everything we can to explain things so you feel comfortable making a decision.