A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum, the cartilage and bone that divides the nostrils, is displaced or crooked. This can cause difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils and can also lead to other symptoms such as frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds and facial pain.


There are several causes of a deviated septum, including birth defects, trauma to the nose and hereditary factors. Some people may have a deviated septum from birth, while others may develop it as a result of injury or other factors.


If a deviated septum is causing significant symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or frequent sinus infections, it may be necessary to undergo a surgical procedure called septoplasty. Septoplasty is a procedure in which the nasal septum is straightened and repositioned to improve the flow of air through the nose.

The surgery is typically performed under local or general anesthesia and can take up to 2 hours. In a typical procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum, and the deviated septum is moved into the right position. Any barriers, such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage, are removed. The last step is the repositioning of the mucous membrane.

After the surgery, the nose will be packed with gauze to help control bleeding, and the patient will be instructed to keep their head elevated and avoid blowing their nose for several days.

Recovery time for septoplasty can vary, but most people are able to return to normal activities within a week or two. However, it may take several weeks for the swelling and bruising to fully subside.

It’s important to note that septoplasty is not the same as a “nose job” or rhinoplasty, which is a cosmetic procedure to change the shape of the nose. Septoplasty is a functional procedure to improve breathing and it should be performed only by a qualified and experienced surgeon, usually an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist).

Schedule an appointment with our providers at Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy to schedule a septoplasty.