Septoplasty Procedure Used to Correct a Deviated Septum

Plastic surgeons at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, specialize in septoplasty, or reconstructive surgery to correct an improperly formed nasal septum.

Septoplasty may also be performed to surgically correct problems such as a deviated septum, cleft defects that affect the nose and nasal cavity, or a fistula in the maxillary sinuses.

Patient History and Examination

Before undergoing septoplasty at the Center for Facial Aesthetics, our patients are asked important questions related to:

  • Allergies
  • Drainage
  • Nasal congestion/obstruction
  • Previous nasal surgery
  • Sinus problems
  • Trauma

A specialist on our team will examine the nose and feel it for skin thickness and support. The inside of the nose will be examined with a bright light and an instrument called a speculum, which gently opens the nostrils so the doctor can see inside. Sometimes, a flexible telescope is used to look deeper into the nasal cavity.

Ideal Candidates for Septoplasty

The best candidates for septoplasty at UH are men and women with a deviated septum who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and would prefer a surgical procedure to improve nasal symptoms, rather than using medications to decrease the obstruction.

Prior to the septoplasty, our surgeons may ask the following to assess the patient’s expectations:

  • Why are you considering this surgery right now?
  • Is septoplasty something you have been considering for a long time?
  • Are you having the surgery for yourself or to please someone else?
  • Have you had this surgery previously? If so, what was the outcome?
  • Are you having any headaches, and if yes, where do you feel the pain?

Generally, septoplasty is not performed on children or young teenagers because growth and development of the septum continues until the adolescent reaches maturity (13 years old for a female and 14 years old for a male).

Performing Septoplasty

This surgical procedure is done entirely through the nostrils. Many patients who undergo septoplasty are up and around the same or the next day and able to return to school or sedentary work within a week or so, and can resume strenuous activities in three weeks.