The nasal septum is a thin “wall” of cartilage and bone that divides the nose into two cavities. Many people have a deviated septum, meaning that the wall is crooked. 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 and external, visible deviations of the nose.
Symptoms of a deviated septum include:
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens or changes 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.
A septoplasty procedure involves the removal or reshaping of the deviated portions of the bone and cartilage along the septum. It begins with the doctor making a small incision inside the nostril in order to lift up the tissue covering the septum and view the bone and cartilage directly. Once the septum is straightened, the incision is then closed with stitches. The doctor may place splints inside the nostrils to help the septum heal straight and minimize the formation of scar tissue.
Most patients report a significant improvement in nasal airflow within three to six weeks after surgery. Immediately after surgery, there may be initial swelling and nasal congestion. There is usually minimal pain during the recovery period and patients can return to non-strenuous activities the day after surgery, with normal activities resumed within one week.
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. If a deviated septum is found during your evaluation, our physicians will correct it to improve your nasal breathing as part of your snoring treatment and overall improved health.