Septoplasty is the procedure for correcting a deviated septum.
It is sometimes referred to as
► Submucous resection of the septum (SMR)
► Septal reconstruction.
The nasal septum is a structure in the middle of the nose that is designed to separate the two sides of the nose to allow airflow. Many people have what is known as a deviated nasal septum. What it means is that the septum is crooked on one side
and allows less space for the air to flow through that side. However this may or may not cause any problems. Sometimes, following a trauma, the septum becomes crooked. When the deviated septum does cause problems, it can lead to obstruction or blockage in breathing and at times cause recurrent infection of the sinuses (these are the empty spaces around he nose that gives the voice resonance). Age can also cause deviation of the septum.