SEPTOPLASTY

Description

Septoplasty is surgery performed to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the structure inside the nose that separates the nose into two chambers.

Most people receive general anesthesia for septoplasty. You will be asleep and pain-free. Some people have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1½ hours. Most people go home the same day.

To do the procedure:

The surgeon makes a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose.

• The mucous membrane that covers the wall is elevated.

• Cartilage or bone that is causing the blockage in the area is moved, repositioned or taken out.

• The mucous membrane is put back in place. The membrane will be held in place by stitches, splints, or packing material.