Functional Septo Rhinoplasty-1
Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS DLO, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Rhinoplasty Vs Septoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a purely cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the nose. Insurance generally will not reimburse patients for this procedure. Rhinoplasty is generally performed for a variety of reasons including: correcting a hump in the nose, straightening the nose, or correcting the width of the nose.
A septoplasty is a surgery performed to correct a deviated (or crooked) septum. A true “septoplasty” does not involve changing the shape of the nose. The septum is the piece of cartilage that separates one side of the nose from the other. Normally, the septum is straight. When it is crooked, it is termed a deviated septum. A deviated septum can block the nasal passage and contribute to symptoms of nasal obstruction. The primary purpose of septoplasty is to help a patient breath more easily.
Correction of a deviated septum with a septoplasty involves making an incision on the inside of the nose. The skin covering the septum is lifted off the cartilage and the deviated septum (intranasal part only) is either removed or reshaped to make the breathing passages more open. It is infrequent that a septoplasty alone will correct external crookedness.
For post-traumatic nasal deformities, particularly ones in which both the nasal bones and the septum are crooked, a septorhinoplasty (in which both the septum and the nasal framework are corrected) may be required.