The nasal septum is a midline structure that divides the nasal cavity into two halves and provides support to the external nose. Most individuals have mild septal deviations that are not significant and do not require treatment. Others may have more severe septal deformities that result in nasal obstruction, snoring or recurring sinus infections. Such individuals may benefit from a septoplasty, which is a surgery aimed to straighten the nasal septum by trimming, repositioning, or replacing cartilage.
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. A septoplasty can be performed together safely and effectively with a rhinoplasty. After the procedure, temporary silicone stents are placed within the nasal passages to hold the septum in place and reduce bleeding. These stents are removed at the first post-operative visit.