Nasal septum repair
Septoplasty is surgery to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils.
See also: Rhinoplasty
Most patients receive general anesthesia before septoplasty. This will make you asleep and pain-free. Some people have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1 Â½ hours. Patients usually go home the same day.
Your surgeon will make a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose.
The main reasons for this surgery are:
People who snort large amounts of cocaine or other drugs over long periods of time may need septoplasty. Snorting drugs can damage the septum.
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