Septoplasty is the name given for the operation in which the septum is straightened. The septum is the partition that divides the nose into two halves and it is not uncommon for the septum to be deviated to one side or the other without any knowledge of prior trauma to the nose.
Click here to read more about the anatomy of the nose and causes of a blocked nose
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia. There are no incisions made on the skin of the face. Rather an incision is made just inside the nose. The lining of the septum is elevated off the underlying cartilage and bone and then the deviated portions of the septum are removed, whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the nose. The outside appearance of the nose does not change after this operation.
This procedure requires a one-night stay in hospital. Rarely there may be dissolvable dressings in the nose (more common if undergoing turbinate surgery, click here). The following day you will be discharged home with a regimen of antibiotics and saline flushes for the nose.
There are a number of things to avoid after nasal surgery. Please avoid nose blowing, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise as well as hot food or drinks and hot showers.
Read more detailed post-operative instructions.
Usually I see you back around 2 weeks after the operation