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Septoplasties are surgical revisions of the wall between the two nostrils, performed to improve breathing, relieve nasal obstructions, remove benign or malignant tumors, and reconstruct the septum after extensive surgery or accidents.


The nasal septum refers to a wall or partition in the form of a plate of bone and cartilage covered with mucous membrane that divides the nasal cavity. An injury or malformation of this septum can produce a deviated septum, so that one part of the nasal cavity is smaller than the other.

Occasionally, the deviation may handicap breathing, block the normal flow of mucus from the sinuses during a cold, and prevent proper drainage of infected sinuses. Deviated septum is fairly common and seldom causes complications.

In some cases surgery may be necessary to relieve the obstruction and reduce irritation and infection in the nose and sinuses.

Correcting nasal obstruction caused by a deformity or malposition of the septum is called septoplasty. Some septal deviation is normal and septoplasty is only performed if the deviated septum is causing an obstruction.


What is the problem that requires surgery?

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How will the surgery be performed?

Will it be endoscopic sinus surgery?

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Will gauze packing be used? When will this be removed?

Is infection, such as toxic shock syndrome, a possibility?

Will drainage and breathing be significantly improved?

Is there any alternative to surgery?

If nothing is done about this condition what will happen?