Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum – a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. Having some deviation of the septum is common. Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off-center, a condition that is generally not noticed. When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of the nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing through one or both sides of your nose.
During septoplasty, your nasal septum in the middle of the nose is straightened and repositioned. Benefits of septoplasty include:
- Improved overall breathing: The procedure is used to alleviate obstructed nasal passageways and can eliminate the deformed cartilage as well as the bony part of the septum, which allows for better airflow.
- Secondary surgery to a rhinoplasty, or nose job: In this case, the procedure is typically performed to straighten out a somewhat crooked nose or to helpfully open the airway.