A septoplasty is an operation to correct a deformity of the partition (the septum) between the two sides of the nose. Nasal obstruction is often caused by a deviated or crooked septum. Another cause of nasal obstruction is enlarged tissues (inferior turbinates or inferior nasal conchae) within the nose. A turbinectomy is the surgical reduction or partial removal of an abnormally enlarged turbinate from inside the nose to improve breathing.
Whenever necessary Dr. Elam addresses the turbinates and the septum during septoplasty to help ensure proper airflow after surgery. When the septal deviation is fixed during septoplasty surgery you may see some aesthetic changes to the nose as well as the expected functional changes.