The nasal septum divides the nasal airway into two sides. It consists of cartilage and bone and helps support the structure of the nose. If the septum is not straight or if it is crooked, it is described by the condition called the deviated nasal septum. In normal conditions, the nasal septum is usually a straight partition, though in some conditions, it may deviate to one side or both sides.
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 the 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.