Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum.
Septoplasty is an operation to correct a deformity of the nasal septum. It is sometimes referred to as septal reconstruction. The usual purpose is to improve nasal breathing, but it may also be performed to allow adequate examination of the inside of the nose for treatment of polyps, inflammation, tumors, or bleeding. When the nasal septum is deformed, there is no medicine that will cause it to be straightened, so surgery is the only solution to this problem.
Septoplasty is performed under general or local anesthesia. A small incision is made inside the nose. The mucosal lining of the septum is detached from the cartilage and bones of the septum. The deviated portions of the septum are removed or straightened. The nasal lining mucous membrane is replaced. It takes about one hour or so .
Submucous diathermy of the inferior turbinates and antral washouts are also done along with septoplasty.
Silastic splints and Merocel packs are placed in the nose for a 48 hrs.
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