What is a deviated septum?

A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage and bone in the nose that separates the nostrils is uneven. This may be as a result of nasal trauma.


What are the symptoms?

Although a deviated septum is relatively common, it can cause the following symtoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Sleep disruptions


How can it be treated?

In severe cases, surgery can be performed in order to straighten out a deviated septum. This procedure is known as a septoplasty and involves removing deviated bone or cartilage, thus straightening the septum. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision on the side of the nose and lift the mucous membrane in order to remove the deviated bone or cartilage. The septum and membrane are then stitched in place. Minimally invasive surgery is performed using specialised cameras and equipment through the nose. No external cuts are made.


How does the procedure work?

Surgery helps to realign the septum and improve breathing.