Septoplasty is the procedure commonly performed for deviated septums. It can be performed under local anesthetic or general anesthetic in an outpatient clinic. Dr. Patel will make an incision along your nose to access your septum. He or she will lift up the mucous membrane, look for and remove any extra pieces of bone or cartilage, and then reposition the mucous membrane of the straightened septum. You may need stitches to keep the septum and membranes in position.
Typically, there will be swelling of the nose for a few days after the operation and some bleeding. Intense exercise and athletic activities should be avoided for a few weeks after the operation.