► The basic principle in a Septoplasty is to straighten the crooked portions of the septum.
► The surgery can be done under a local or a general anaesthetic.
► It is usually done on an outpatient basis.
► The operation is almost always done through the nose, without an external incision, a small incision is made inside the nose.
► Before surgery, the doctor may use a thin, lighted instrument (endoscope) to look at the nasal passage behind the deviated septum.
► To repair the septum, the surgeon works through the nostrils, making an incision to separate the mucosa from the underlying cartilage and bone.
► Badly deviated portions of the septum may be removed entirely, or they may be removed, readjusted, and reinserted into the nose.
► The mucosa is then replaced over the cartilage and bone.
► There is almost never any bruising on the skin of the nose after Septoplasty.
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