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Septoplasty is a reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct an improperly formed nasal septum (commonly called a deviated septum) that may be caused by:
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.
In most cases, septoplasty is performed with traditional surgical techniques from inside the nose. If your child has internal surgery performed, scarring will not be visible.
In rare situations, an open — or external — septoplasty is required. When open surgery is performed, your child will likely have small scars the base of the nose, but they usually are not noticeable.
Children vary greatly in their anatomy and healing ability, and the outcome of any surgery is never completely predictable. Complications that may occur with septoplasty include:
The following short-term side effects may occur after your child's surgery:
If symptoms do not subside, consult 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:
A visit with your child's physician is usually scheduled a few weeks after surgery to make sure your child's 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.
Review date: April 2009