Septal Surgery 

In some people, the septum is bent into one or both sides of the nose, blocking the airway and making it difficult to breathe efficiently. Sometimes, this is because of an injury to the nose, but sometimes, it just grows that way. We can operate to straighten the septum.

What is the septum? 

The septum is a thin piece of cartilage and bone inside the nose between the right and left sides. This separates the nasal passages. 

Sometimes, the septum can grow in an unnatural way or become deflected to one side by an injury. This can cause issues with breathing. If you believe that you may have an issue with your septum, it’s best to get it checked out. We can talk you through your options and ensure that you are comfortable. 

Who can have septal surgery? 

If you have a bent or twisted septum that is causing issues with your breathing, septal surgery may be advised. However, it is your decision whether you have the surgery. 

It’s very important to research and ensure that you know the advantages and disadvantages of having septal surgery before you begin. The treatment is not used for changing the shape of the nose but rather for helping you to breathe more easily. 

What happens during septal surgery?

Septal surgery typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. You will be given a general anaesthetic to relieve discomfort during the procedure. 

To correct the septum, small cuts will be made inside the nose. This allows the surgeon to access the septum effectively and change its position. Your surgeon will ensure that you have everything you need for a smooth recovery. 

Recovering from septal surgery


Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to leave the practice the same day or wait overnight. We will ensure that you are safe and have the correct level of care. You may experience some side effects, but we will support you in dealing with these. 

Before leaving, we will need to make sure that the anaesthetic has worn off. You will be monitored during this time. 

What can I expect to feel after surgery?

You may be in a bit of pain after the surgery, but this shouldn’t last long. Some bruising might occur inside the nose as a result of the surgery so you may have a blocked nose temporarily. There will be no packing of the nose unless there is significant bleeding, and this is unusual. This means you’ll need to breathe through your mouth. 

You will have access to pain-relieving medication and decongestants after having septal surgery.