The nasal septum is a midline partition that separates from the right and left nasal cavities. It comprises of cartilage in front (anterior) and bone at the back (posterior). Up to 90% of the population have some degree of deviation of the nasal septum. Most do not cause any symptoms. The more severe nasal septal deviations cause unilateral (one-sided) nasal blockage.
If the deviation is significant, a simple procedure can be performed to straighten the crooked septum. This procedure is called Septoplasty.
Facts about Septoplasty
- Performed under general anaesthesia
- Day surgery procedure
- Fairly painless
- High success rate