Septoplasty can be performed to correct a deviated septum during rhinoplasty or nose job surgery. A deviated septum can result from passage through the vaginal canal at birth with forceps delivery, pubescent growth, or trauma. The septum is composed of cartilage and bone and correcting a deviated septum involves removing the deviated portions of the septum while leaving sufficient cartilage and bone for support. Sometimes, the cartilage that is left in the septum still remains deviated and scoring or bone grafting (from the bony septum) is necessary to keep the cartilage straight. Frequently, septal cartilage is used for grafting of the nose and these deviated pieces of cartilage are what are used for cartilage grafts.
Dr. Funk is a double board certified ear, nose, and throat surgeon, and facial plastic surgeon. He is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.