If you’ve reached this site, chances are your ENT (Otolaryngologist) has told you that you have a deviated septum, and need a Septoplasty. The goal of this site is to provide unbiased information on the Septoplasty procedure, as well as the risks associated with Septoplasty. Perhaps more importantly, this site will also cover some additional procedures that your ENT may propose to do along with a Septoplasty.
This information is written from a patient’s point of view. The author is not a doctor, and the content within this site is not to be considered medical advice. The goal is merely to fully inform the patient of true risks before surgery.
What Is Septoplasty?
Put simply, a Septoplasty is a minor surgery with the goal of straightening a crooked nasal septum. The septum is basically a wall of cartilage that separates the two nasal cavities.
The image above is a CT scan of a nasal cavity with a deviated septum. As you can see in this image, the cartilage through the center deviates toward the left of the screen. The septum is touching the inferior turbinate (the two curving structure you can see attached to the lateral wall (the outer wall of the nasal cavity). This can cause feelings of obstruction, and numerous other symptoms.