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Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten the nasal septum, the thin wall of bone and cartilage that divides the nose into two passages.


Symptoms of nasal obstruction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose

  • Snoring

  • Mouth breathing

  • Postnasal drip

  • Facial pain or pressure

  • Reduced sense of smell

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Trouble sleeping


The indications for a septoplasty are:

  • Nasal obstruction: Septoplasty is the most effective treatment for nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum.

  • Frequent nosebleeds: Septoplasty can help to reduce or eliminate nosebleeds caused by a deviated septum.

  • Facial pain or pressure: Septoplasty can help to relieve facial pain or pressure caused by a deviated septum.

  • Sinus infections: Septoplasty can help to improve drainage from the sinuses, which can reduce the risk of sinus infections.

  • Headaches: Septoplasty can help to relieve headaches caused by a deviated septum.

  • Postnasal drip: Septoplasty can help to reduce postnasal drip caused by a deviated septum.

  • Loud snoring: Septoplasty can help to reduce loud snoring caused by a deviated septum.

In addition to these indications, septoplasty may also be performed to improve surgical access to other structures in the nose, such as the sinuses or turbinates.


Septoplasty is not indicated for everyone with a deviated septum. If you have a deviated septum but you do not have any symptoms, then surgery may not necessary.


However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then septoplasty may be an option for you.

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Septoplasty is a safe and effective procedure, but it does carry some risks, such as:

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Numbness or tingling in the nose

  • Septal perforation (a small hole in the septum)

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia

The benefits of septoplasty usually outweigh the risks. Most patients who have septoplasty experience significant improvement in their breathing and overall quality of life.

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