Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Ideally, the nasal septum is positioned in the center (midline) of the inside of your nose so that the airway on each side is about equal. However, you may have a deviated septum, in which the septum is displaced to one side. A deviated septum can cause breathing difficulty and sometimes can contribute to other symptoms such as nosebleeds. Septoplasty straightens the nasal septum by trimming, repositioning, and replacing cartilage or bone.
If you experience symptoms — such as nasal airway obstruction — that significantly affect your quality of life, you may consider surgery to correct a deviated septum.
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