Nasal Surgery

What is Nasal Surgery?

Nasal surgery includes any surgery performed on the outside or inside of the nose. Nasal surgery may be performed to accomplish the following:

  • Improve breathing
  • Correct congenital or acquired deformities
  • Repair nasal injuries

Septoplasty is the surgical correction of defects and deformities of the nasal septum (the partition between the nostrils). Examples of septoplasty include the following:

  • Correction of a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a condition in which the partition (septum) between the nostrils is not in a straight vertical alignment. A deviated septum can cause obstructed airflow. A deviated septum can be caused by a birth defect or injury.
  • Correction of cleft defects that affect the nose and nasal cavity

Possible complications

Possible complications associated with nasal surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Infection
  • Nosebleed
  • Anesthesia problems

Preparing for nasal surgery

The specific type of surgery will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Severity of the deformity
  • Your tolerance of specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Your opinion or preference

About the procedure

Anesthetic options may include:

  • Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation 
  • General anesthesia

Average length of procedure: about two hours

Recuperation period:

  • Usually up and around in a few days
  • Usually return to school or sedentary work a week or so after surgery
  • Surgeon will provide guidelines for resuming normal activities

Some possible short-term side effects of surgery:

  • A splint may be applied to nose to help maintain the new shape.
  • Nasal packs or soft plastic splints may be placed inside the nostrils to stabilize the septum.
  • The face will feel puffy.
  • The nose may ache.
  • You may experience a dull headache, swelling around the eyes, and/or bruising around the eyes.
  • A small amount of bleeding is normal in the first few days.
  • Small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin's surface.