Correction of the Deviated Nasal Septum (Septoplasty)
The Nasal Septum is a wall made of cartilage and bone, which divides the nose into two nasal cavities. Deviation of the Septum is due either to abnormal development or trauma and disturbs normal airflow inside the nose (photo N1). This causes a feeling of nasal blockage.
Under general anesthesia, the cover of the septum (mucosa) is elevated and the deviated parts of the cartilage or/and bone are carefully removed. The mucosa is put back and is held in place with an absorbable stitch. This technique has eliminated the use of troublesome nasal packs, which have been the typical complaint of the patients for years. The operation lasts for less than half an hour and the patient is discharged home on the next day. There is no postoperative pain. There may be a mild discomfort and the nose may be partially blocked for a few days, as in common cold.