A septoplasty is surgery to treat a blockage in your nose. The septum is a wall of bone and cartilage (connective tissue) that divides your nose into two separate nostrils. Usually, the septum is straight and sits in the middle of your nose. If the septum has moved to one side of your nose, this is called a deviated septum.
Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by an injury. You are likely to have one nose passage that is much smaller than the other. This can make it harder to breathe through your nose. You may have other problems, such as sinus infections, facial pain, headaches or frequent nosebleeds. Enlarged bone structures called turbinates may also block parts of your nose. Surgery is the only way to straighten or fix a deviated septum. You have a general anaesthetic, which means that you are asleep and do not feel any pain. The surgeon moves the septum to the middle of your nose and reshapes the cartilage and bone. They may need to remove parts of your septum and then put them in the correct position. If enlarged turbinates are blocking your nose, the surgeon can make them smaller. After the operation, there should be better airflow through your nose and you should find it easier to breathe.
Here at Highgate Private Hospital, we have an expert team of ear, nose and throat surgeons. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for a septoplasty. Prices start from £2,816 (terms and conditions apply). For more information, please call our self-pay advisers on 020 3918 9463.