How is Nasal Valve Surgery Performed?

It is very common for nasal valve surgery to be performed in conjunction with a septoplasty procedure, and the cartilage removed during septoplasty is used for nasal valve repair. If a septoplasty is not being done at the same time, a small amount of ear cartilage is incised from behind the ear. In either case, cartilage is placed into a pocket that is created on each sidewall of the nose with an incision through the nose. This is done to support an area of narrowing or collapse to open the valve.