Nasal Airway Surgery (cont.)

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What is deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) or turbinectomy?

Nasal obstruction is often caused by a deviated or crooked septum or enlarged tissues (inferior turbinates or inferior nasal conchae) within the nose. A septoplasty is an operation to correct a deformity of the partition (the septum) between the two sides of the nose. A turbinectomy is the surgical reduction or actual removal of an abnormally enlarged turbinate from inside the nose to improve breathing.

The goals of nasal airway surgery include the following:

  • Improve airflow through the nose
  • Control nosebleeds
  • Enhance visualization of the inside of the nose (to identify other nasal problems)
  • Relieve nasal or sinus headaches associated with swelling of the inside of the nose
  • Promote drainage of the sinus cavities

Pictures of the anatomy of the sinuses and turbinates

Picture of the anatomy of the sinuses
Picture of the anatomy of the sinuses

Picture of the detail of the sinuses
Picture of the anatomy of the sinuses

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/8/2014

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