Depending on the severity of your symptoms, surgery may be advised. Septoplasty is a reconstructive surgery done to correct a deviated nasal septum. The procedure is done through the nostrils. During the procedure, parts of the septum may be removed. Or they may be readjusted and reinserted into the nose.
Surgery is done entirely through the nose with no external incisions. Depending on the severity of the deviation, septoplasty may be done in:
A surgeon's office.
An outpatient surgery center.
A hospital as an outpatient.
A hospital as an inpatient.
The surgeon will let you know when you can get back to normal activities. Many people recover in a few days. They can go back to school or to non-active work in a week or so.
After surgery, you may have a splint on your nose to help hold its new shape. You may also have nasal packs or soft splints in your nostrils to stabilize the septum. Whether any of these is used and for how long is determined in a personalized, patient-by-patient manner.
Short-term side effects of surgery may include:
Most patients notice improved breathing through their nose within 1–2 weeks. However, complete healing is a slow process the final results of nasal surgery may not be clear for several months or more.