Septoplasty for Deviated Nasal Septum

Septoplasty is a procedure that helps straighten a deviated septum.

Septoplasty is performed when a deviated septum causes problems with nasal congestion. The procedure helps improve airflow and improves nasal congestion. Patients are under general anesthesia for this type of surgery. This means that they are completely asleep. The procedure is most commonly performed at a surgery center (commonly known as outpatient surgery centers or ambulatory surgery centers). Patients will generally come to the surgery center the morning of surgery. After a short recovery period after surgery, patients go home the same day.

During the surgery, your surgeon will straighten the cartilage and bone that have led to the septum being deviated. During the procedure, the lining (the mucosa) is first raised off the cartilage and bone. The cartilage and bone can then be reshaped. Sometimes, portions of the cartilage and bone need to be removed. The lining is then laid back down.

After surgery, there will be dissolvable stitches inside the nose. Patients do not typically need any nasal packing.

The recovery after septoplasty generally lasts 1-2 weeks.

Most patients have pain, fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and nasal drainage after surgery. Pain is generally mild with this type of surgery. Most patients tell us that they have to take only a few doses of their pain medicine during the entire postoperative period.

Most patients find that they are very stuffy right after surgery from the swelling after the procedure. This typically starts to improve about a week after surgery. Patients typically have drainage of some mucus and blood from your nose after surgery. This is a normal part of the healing process.

After surgery, we recommend that you use saline sprays and nasal rinses. You can find sprays and rinse kits at most pharmacies. Our patients find the NeilMed Sinus Rinse kit easy to use. You can find out more information about the kit at


Links for more information about septoplasty

For more information about septoplasty…

Dr. Goyal has written several articles and book chapters on the nasal septum and surgery to repair a deviated nasal septum.  Please see these links for more information: