If you are experiencing sleep apnea, snoring problems, chronic sinusitis or frequent nosebleeds, you may consider surgery known as septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty can restore clear breathing by making the structure that separates the left and right halves of the nose straighter. It is often performed in conjunction with other nasal surgeries such as turbinectomy and nasal valve repair.
A multidisciplinary team of head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons and sleep medicine specialists at Jefferson can decide if the procedure is appropriate for you.
What Does Septoplasty Involve?
During the procedure, badly deviated portions of the septum may be removed entirely or they may be readjusted and reinserted into the nose. This type of surgery can be effective in treating sleep apnea, but it is not typically the first option as there are risks associated with sleep surgeries, and they do not always work to eliminate the condition. If you cannot use or tolerate other treatment options such as CPAP, a septoplasty is one surgical option that may make use of CPAP easier.
Because each patient is different in terms of the degree of the obstructed airway, your surgeon will present you with the best options suitable for your condition.