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  • First Government licenced
    day twilight sedation
    hospital in Perth


What is a Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is an operation to straighten the septum of the nose. The septum is the cartilage and bone that divides the nose into its left and right halves. It may become deviated by trauma, has been bent since birth or gradually grew a deviation over time.

The most common problem caused by deviated septum is a blocked nose; occasionally it may cause recurrent nose bleeds, sinusitis or be part of the reason why a nose is crooked. A Septoplasty may be needed to harvest cartilage for grafts in other parts of your nose.

Who is a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Trauma to nose
  • Airway problems due to deviated septum

Who is not a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Impaired healing
  • Unrealistic expectations

The procedure

Dr Oates performs Septoplasty at Academy Day Hospital  under local anaesthetic and twilight  sedation.  The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes.

How long do I need off work?

Most Septoplasty patients take approximately 7-10 days off work depending on the amount of physical activity in their line of work.

The recovery

Septoplasty is not usually a painful procedure, however the trauma of the surgery causes considerable swelling inside the nose and it can feel very blocked for a number of days. Approximately 1-2 days following the procedure, nasal suction will be administered at your post operative appointment to help reduce the blockage.

Nasal decongestants and nasal salt water sprays will be  provided  and given to you at your pre operative assessment, however it is important not to use the sprays for the first 24 hours following surgery. The registered nurse will educate you on  how to use the nasal sprays.

Some dissolving stitches are used on the inside of the nose and some patients notice little strings dropping out of their nose after about one week. These are the dissolving sutures and are not a problem. The nose is expected to be very runny for the first week, this is usually stained brown initially, being old blood and should settle down itself with time.

Is there discomfort?

You may experience mild to moderate discomfort. Discomfort can be managed with Panadeine  Forte  or Panadol.

Risks and complications

The more common risks of Septoplasty are bleeding or infection. Bleeding is usually not a significant problem and pinching the nose for a few minutes can stop any significant problems. If it does persist, you should contact the  Academy Day Hospital or the after hours number (provided in the post procedure instructions sheet).

Because Septoplasty is working on the thin structure that divides the nose into the left and right half, there is a small risk of forming a perforation through the septum. This may not cause any symptoms, but potentially can cause bleeding and crusting and may even require further treatment if it produces a problem. Rarely Septoplasty may cause, unintentionally, changes in the shape of the nose.

Pre and post operative care

Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre operative assessment and post operative wound management.


If there is an airway problem, history of trauma or severe nasal disfigurement, then Medicare and private health insurance will usually cover some of the costs. If Rhinoplasty is done for purely cosmetic reasons the out of pocket expense is greater. Following your consultation with Dr Oates, the  Client Coordinators  at Academy Day Hospital can provide a quote for you.

I’m interested, what’s the next step?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation with Medicare. If Dr Oates decides you are a suitable candidate for Septoplasty and you want to go ahead, a booking for surgery and the pre operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting time is three to four weeks.

Complimentary Consultations

You may wish to speak with  our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During  this complimentary  consultation, both surgical and non-surgical options can be discussed to treat your cosmetic concern(s).

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