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What is a Septoplasty?
The nasal septum refers to the internal “wall” between the two sides of the nose. It consists mainly of cartilage, mucosal linings and bone at its base. A septoplasty refers to a surgical procedure which corrects a deformity of the septum.
Who needs a Septoplasty?
Deviation of the nasal septum due to trauma, disease or sometimes, naturally-occurring, can lead to functional obstruction to breathing. Relief of this obstruction usually requires a surgical procedure known as a Septoplasty; which is then considered a medical procedure. Septoplasties are also performed to correct abnormalities of the septum leading to visible deformity of the external nose.
What is a Septorhinoplasty?
It is quite common and convenient to combine a rhinoplasty (cosmetic or medical) with a septoplasty.
How long does the surgery take?
A septoplasty usually takes about an hour. A septorhinoplasty usually ranges from two to three hours.
Are there any visible scars?
A septoplasty is performed though a closed approach; the scars are hidden within the internal nose, there are no external visible scars.
What is the recovery time?
As septoplasties are closed operations, there is usually minimal visible swelling. Most patients would return to work within 2-3 days.