Nasal septoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair or realign the nasal septum, or “wall” that runs down between your nostrils.
It is a common procedure because it’s designed to address a common ailment. Deviated septum is more than just inconvenient for many people: when that midline is offset far to one side, it can interfere with breathing, interrupt sleep, and promote the growth of bacteria and biofilms.
Because of the continuing popularity of septoplasty, many medical innovators are on the lookout for less invasive or more convenient alternatives. The latest entry: this device, which is designed to gently push out the lateral wall of the passageway, creating an easier breathing path.
The jury is still out on whether this particular device will make the cut and earn widespread adoption, but it stands as a good reminder that septoplasty is a fertile ground for innovation, and that millions of Americans are seeking the very best care for septal issues.