Septoplasty - Deviated Septum Treatment
The nasal septum is a thin "wall" of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into two cavities. Many people have a deviated septum. It can arise from birth or be a result of trauma or previous surgery. Depending on the location and the severity, a deviated septum can lead to nasal obstruction. Septal deviations can lead to external, visible deviations of the nose. It is important to have a complete evaluation of the upper airway with symptoms of nasal obstruction.
Symptoms of Nasal Obstruction include:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Dry mucous membranes
- Mouth breathing
- Decreased smell and taste
- Post-nasal drip
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten or change the shape of the nasal septum to treat symptoms of nasal obstruction. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia, usually on an outpatient basis. During the surgery, the septum is repositioned or removed to open the nasal airway. If needed, turbinate reduction can be performed at the same time.
- Septoplasty itself does not lead to "black eyes"
- Associated with very little discomfort or pain
- Unless performed as part of a rhinoplasty (nose job), septoplasty will not change the appearance of your nose.
- There may be initial swelling and nasal congestion after surgery.
- Nasal airflow increases within three to six weeks after surgery.
- Treatment of nasal obstruction will lead to a better quality of life.
If a deviated septum is found during your evaluation, Atlanta Snoring Institute physicians will correct it to improve your nasal breathing as part of your snoring treatment and overall improved health.
Take the first step towards a better night's sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today.