Surgical management of the deviated septum: techniques in septoplasty

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2009 Apr;42(2):241-52, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2009.01.005.


This article provides a review of contemporary techniques in nasal septal surgery. Relevant anatomy and physiology of the nose and nasal septum are discussed. The essentials of a complete diagnostic evaluation are outlined. The evolution of surgical approaches to the correction of a deviated septum, including classic submucosal resection, traditional septoplasty, and open techniques, is covered. Complications of septoplasty are reviewed, with an emphasis on prevention and treatment. The recently popularized endoscopic septoplasty, a significant advance in septal surgery, is addressed elsewhere in this issue.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nasal Obstruction / surgery
  • Nasal Septum* / pathology
  • Nasal Septum* / surgery
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / surgery
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome