In normal conditions, the nasal septum is usually a straight partition, though, in some conditions, it may deviate to one side or both sides. A deviated nasal septum can be a cause for various health issues such as difficulty breathing through the nose, snoring, sleep apnea restricted breathing during exercise.

The severity of the health issues associated depends on the severity of the deviation of the septum. Scroll down to know more about the symptoms associated and about the corrective surgery called septoplasty.

Symptoms of a Deviated Nasal Saeptum

  • Frequent bleeding of nose
  • Nasal blockage
  • Nasal congestion that is sometimes one-sided
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Noisy breathing while sleeping
  • Restricted breathing during exercise
  • Septal deviation can exist since birth or can be a result of trauma. The symptoms are
  • worsened with colds and allergies.
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The surgery that is used to correct the deviated nasal septum is called septoplasty. In the first visit for corrective treatment of the nasal septum, the surgeon examines the septum by looking inside the nostrils.

Based on the severity of the condition, treatment options will be discussed. In some cases, inferior turbinate reduction and spreader graft placement is needed to improve the airway. In these cases, septoplasty alone may not be sufficient.

The surgery can last up to 1 ½ hour and can be done either on local or general anesthesia. It is a simple surgery and can be done at the outpatient surgery center.

In the case of septoplasty, there is no bruising of the external tissues, as the physician works through the nasal mucosa and trims of the deviated cartilage and bone to make it straight. Nasal packing is not typically used. The recovery is typically 1 week and discomfort is minimal.

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Inferior Turbinate Reduction

The inferior turbinates are structures within the outer sides of the nasal airway that modulate airflow and help humidify the nasal air. In some cases, the turbinates become enlarged and as a result, begin to block the nasal airway.

The treatment is to reduce the size of the turbinates, by performing an inferior turbinate reduction. This is often done in conjunction with septoplasty or can be done alone. It depends on the circumstances involved in each case. This is a minimally invasive procedure with short downtime. The recovery is minimal and generally takes 1 week.

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