How is Septoplasty Performed?
During a septoplasty operation, an ENT specialist will align or straighten the bones that connect to and support your cartilage and septum by cutting away parts of the bone wall and reinforcing the remaining pieces.
This is accomplished with a well-hidden incision placed inside the nose and the physical straightening of the septum while the patient is under general anesthesia.
The surgeon will also perform a septoplasty to treat long-term sinusitis, remove nasal polyps, and treat other conditions that block the nasal airway. Occasionally, surgeons will recommend a septoplasty to stop recurrent nosebleeds.
- Septoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia; in some cases, a patient can be put under local anesthesia with sedation if there are no other health concerns. The surgery usually takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the case.
- An incision is made inside the nose between the nostrils, either at or below the level of the cartilage that separates them. The surgeon straightens and adjusts (or alters) the asymmetrical septum, removing extra bits of cartilage, or polyps, and repairing any damage to the area.
- The incision is then closed with sutures.
There are several techniques available for use when performing septoplasty. Your doctor will recommend either open surgery, closed surgery, or the use of endoscopic techniques