Your health care professional can diagnose a deviated septum during the physical examination. Usually, bright light and an instrument that can help visualize the nasal septum by opening the nostril (nasal speculum) will help make the correct diagnosis.
The septoplasty procedure will take anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes to do, it will depend on the complexity of your condition. You will be under general anesthesia, depending on what your doctor decides what’s best for you. In a procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum. The deviated septum is moved into the right position. Some barriers, like pieces of bone or cartilage, are removed. The last step is to place the repositioning of the mucous membrane. You may need stitches to hold the septum and the membrane in place. However, packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep it in position.