The Nasal Septum, the wall between the nostrils that separates the two nasal passages, can sometimes get deviated (deformed or crooked) and cause a blockage in the nasal passage. This can lead to significant nasal and sinus problems.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure and is often performed under local or general anesthesia. The procedure is considered to be very safe as the surgeon just places a small incision inside the nose, on one side of the septum. Then, the surgeon, working through this incision, removes and/or shapes the parts of the cartilage that is causing blockage of the nasal passage. As there are no major organs or vessels involved, there are minimal risks to the patients who wish to undergo this procedure.
What are the benefits of Septoplasty?
- The ability to improve breathing by clearing nasal passages.
- The ability to improve sleep patterns and disorders.
- The stronger likelihood of obtaining lesser sinus infections by removing excess cartilage or bone that may have caused sinus problems.
- The ability to address problems such as nasal headaches, nosebleeds and chronic sinusitis.
- The ability to improve sense of smell and taste.
- The ability to improve sinus drainage.