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What is septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct an improperly formed nasal septum that may be caused by:

What is a deviated septum?

The nasal septum is a wall that divides the two nasal passages. The septum is made of cartilage and bone. A deviated septum is one that is twisted or deformed so that it does not evenly divide the two chambers of the nose. This may cause problems with proper breathing or nasal discharge.

About the procedure

Septoplasty is usually performed with the traditional surgical technique from inside the nose. An open (external) method is rarely used. When open surgery is performed, small scars will be located on the base of the nose, but they usually are not noticeable. Scarring is not visible when internal surgery is performed.

What are the complications associated with nasal surgery?

Children vary greatly in their anatomy and healing ability, and the outcome is never completely predictable. Complications may occur, including, but not limited to, the following:

Short-term side effects of surgery may include

The following short-term side effects may occur. If symptoms do not subside, consult your child's physician.

What to expect after surgery

When to call your child's physician

The following are some of the symptoms that may indicate a need for you to promptly contact your child's physician:

Signs of dehydration


A visit with your child's physician is usually scheduled a few weeks after surgery to make sure that the nose is healing properly. If non-dissolvable packing was used, an earlier visit will be required to remove it. Consult your child's physician if you have any questions.

Reviewed by: Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE
Date: April 2009

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