J Rhinol.  2008 May;15(1):13-29.

Septoplasty; Current Concept and Technique

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Boramae Hospital, Seoul, Korea. hrjin@paran.com
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngolgy-Head and Neck Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Septoplasty is one of the most commonly performed operations in Otolaryngology. It is often considered an easy operation. Yet it is still accompanied by a relatively high rate of failure and complications. It is definitely not an operation in which one surgical technique can suffice for all circumstances. Rather it requires a variety of techniques in accordance to the various septal pathologies in order to achieve a favorable outcome. This study provides a comprehensive review of septoplasty including current concepts, historical background, classification, updated surgical techniques, and management of complications. In particular, the surgical techniques that ensure a successful correction and minimal complications are highlighted.


Nasal septum; Septoplasty; Septal pathology; Review; Concept
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