What is Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery)?

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten the nasal septum, the wall between your two nostrils. A deviation, or displacement, of the septum can cause health complications such as difficulty breathing or recurrent sinus infections. Septoplasty rectifies these issues by repositioning the septum into the correct location.

When is Septoplasty Considered?

Septoplasty is often considered if conservative treatments, such as medications, have proven ineffective. These treatments might include decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays. If these medications do not provide enough relief, or if the symptoms are particularly severe, then septoplasty may be the next step. This surgery can improve quality of life by alleviating symptoms and improving breathing.

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Signs That a Septoplasty Deviated Septum Surgery May be Necessary

This surgery becomes necessary when a deviated septum leads to significant and persistent symptoms affecting quality of life.

Persistent nasal congestion:

This common symptom arises when the deviation obstructs one or both nostrils, impeding normal airflow. The congestion results in a chronic feeling of “stuffiness” or blockage and can even impact the patient’s sense of smell.

Frequent nosebleeds:

Nosebleeds can occur when the deviated septum causes the surface of the nasal septum to become dry and irritated, leading to regular, often distressing episodes of nosebleeds.

Recurrent sinusitis:

This condition is an inflammation of the tissues lining the sinuses or the result of a deviated septum. This condition has uncomfortable symptoms such as facial pain or pressure, nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, loss of smell, and cough or congestion. If sinusitis becomes a regular occurrence, septoplasty may be considered as a potential solution.

Sleep disturbances:

Sleep disturbances, particularly snoring or sleep apnea, can also indicate the need for septoplasty. A deviated septum can disrupt normal breathing patterns during sleep, leading to poor sleep quality and fatigue.

What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty?

The primary benefit of septoplasty is improved breathing. Correcting the alignment of the septum can alleviate chronic nasal congestion and other related symptoms. It can also reduce the frequency and severity of sinus infections and improve overall sleep quality.

Recovery from Septoplasty Deviated Septum Surgery

Recovery time varies, but patients typically return to normal activities within a week. Initial swelling and discomfort can be managed with prescribed medications. Regular follow-ups will ensure a smooth recovery process.

Who Is a Candidate for Deviated Septum Surgery?

Candidates for septoplasty are those with a deviated septum that causes significant symptoms and affects their quality of life. A thorough evaluation by our ENT specialists will determine if this surgery is the best course of action for you.

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We don’t just treat symptoms; we treat individuals. Our advanced training in allergy and our fellowship with the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy allow us to find minimally invasive, long-lasting solutions to your sinus and nasal issues. Our physicians place a premium on delivering compassionate, attentive care promptly. We want you to leave each encounter knowing we focused on you and your problems.

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Septoplasty FAQ

Is septoplasty a painful procedure?

Pain is subjective and varies among individuals. However, most patients report minimal discomfort managed effectively with prescribed medications.

Will septoplasty change the shape of my nose?

Septoplasty focuses on the nose’s internal structure and typically does not alter its external appearance.

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