The septum is located in the middle of the nose and separates the two nasal cavities. It is a complex structure composed of cartilage at the front and bone at the back.
The septum can become deviated or misshapen from trauma or in some cases occur naturally. The deformity can take a variety of shapes.
A deviated septum can lead to functional problems leading to breathing difficulties as result of reduced airway space. A deviated septum can also lead to cosmetic problems such as a bent nose.
A septoplasty is a procedure used to correct a deviated septum by reshaping the deviated or bent segment or excising it altogether.
Although septoplasty aims to improve the breathing, and straighten a nose, results can vary from person to person.
In some patients, the nose can be straightened immediately after the operation, however, with scar contracture and the inherent memory in the cartilage, the deviation can re-occur.
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