Deviated Septum

A deviated septum can be re-shaped during a Septoplasty.

Medication such as steroid nasal drops can help relieve symptoms.

What is a deviated septum?

The partition wall which divides the nasal cavity in two is called the nasal septum. A deviated septum is when the bone and or the cartilage of the septum is off-centre or crooked. This can occur from birth, during childhood development or as a result of an injury to the nose or face. A deviated septum is extremely common and most people will not be aware of it or need treatment.



  • blocked nose
  • nose bleeds
  • snoring
  • sinusitis


Some of the symptoms can be improved with medication such as topical nasal steroids. Surgery may be recommended in more severe cases to reposition the septum.

This operation is called a Septoplasty. It usually takes about 30 minutes and is performed as a day case procedure under General Anaesthetic. A nasal dressing is rarely required after surgery.

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