What is Septoplasty and how does it correct a Deviated Septum?

Septoplasty is reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct the nasal septum. Septoplasty is performed entirely through the nostrils, without external incisions. During the procedure, deviated portions of bone and cartilage may be removed entirely, or they may be readjusted and repositioned. The procedure has different techniques and approaches, largely dependent on the anatomy of the nasal septum for each particular person. Dr. Chaboki has extensive experience with all methods of deviated septum surgery, including the following:

  • Submucous resection
  • Swinging door / Goldman septoplasty
  • Linear septoplasty
  • Longitudinal septoplasty
  • Fan septoplasty
  • Endoscopic septoplasty
  • Revision septoplasty

Deviated septum surgery may be combined with rhinoplasty, turbinate reduction, and/or endoscopic sinus surgery. For a majority of patients, septoplasty surgery does not alter the external shape of the nose, since the deviated portions of cartilage and bone are internal. Rhinoplasty (plastic surgery to reshape the nose), when performed along with a septoplasty, is often called functional rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. These methods of rhinoplasty are performed primarily to restore nasal function, such as breathing and airflow.

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