Septoplasty

Septoplasty is an operation that corrects deformity of the nasal septum which is the partition formed by cartilage and bone dividing the nasal cavity in two (left and right).

Septal deviation can lead to respiratory problems, sinusitis, otitis, headache or ocular pain, and occasionally causes snoring.

Correction of the nasal septum is performed under general anaesthetic for which a pre-operative assessment based on your age and medical history must be conducted beforehand.

Surgical intervention is conducted inside the nasal cavity and leaves no external scarring. It consists of correcting the distortion by aligning and centring the fragments of bone and cartilage. The incision is closed with two dissoluble surgical stitches in the nasal passage which do not require removing.

A foam nasal plug is placed in each nasal cavity and kept for 2 to 4 days to support the corrected structural alignment. Although the eventual removal of the nasal plug can be unpleasant, the use of appropriate technical procedures alleviates any discomfort.

Admission to the Clinic is at 7am on the day indicated. No food or drink is permitted from 12 pm (midnight) the day before. You will be operated on in the morning according to theatre scheduling and under normal conditions you will return home the following morning.

An appointment between 2 to 4 days later to remove the nasal plugs will be made when you are discharged from the Clinic.

Septoplasty is not painful during or after surgery although it can be uncomfortable having to breath through the mouth during recuperation due to a nasal plug.

The results are usually very satisfying.

Complications are extremely rare and post-operative bleeding is minimal.

Septoplasty should not modify the shape of the nose, but some patients wish to undergo aesthetic correction of the nasal pyramid at the same time. While this can be done, you should be aware that insurance companies do not cover the costs of aesthetic surgery (rhinoplasty).