A deviated septum can contribute to a number of health problems. For one, airflow is reduced through the nasal passages. More serious issues such as constant nosebleeds, sinus infections and even facial pain can also be caused by a deviated septum. A septoplasty restores better airflow for improved quality of life.
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Benefits of Septoplasty
The septum is the inside wall of the nose that divides the left and right nostrils. Made of bone and cartilage, it normally runs straight up and down. A deviated septum, however, runs off to one side or the other. This ends up causing partial or total blockage of the nasal passage.
A deviated septum may be present from birth, or can develop after a serious injury. Over time, a deviated septum can worsen with age. The nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum can be mild or severe, in some cases completely preventing airflow through the nasal passages.
A deviated septum can cause minor issues like noisy breathing during the day. At night, a deviated septum can be responsible for snoring or sleep apnea. Frequent nosebleeds are another symptom of a deviated septum, as well as recurrent sinus infections and sinusitis. Patients with a deviated septum also commonly report feelings of congestion in the blocked nostril. A persistent postnasal drip is also common. In some cases, facial pain and persistent headaches may be present as well.
Treating the symptoms of a deviated septum may bring some relief. For example, decongestants reduce swelling in the nasal tissues. This relieves the feeling of pressure inside the nose. Allergy medication relives blockage and a runny nose. Nasal steroid sprays help reduce inflammation on contact. However, while these treatments may provide temporary relief of symptoms, only surgery can permanently resolve a deviated septum.
Repairing the septum straightens out the cartilage, correcting the sinusitis and inflammation associated with a deviated septum. Septoplasty can be performed on its own, or may be included as part of another rhinoplasty surgery.
Understanding the Procedure
The specifics of your septoplasty will vary somewhat depending on the level of correction needed. However, the surgery itself is completely internal, and will not affect the outer structure or shape of your nose unless combined with rhinoplasty. Septoplasty may be included with additional sinus surgery as well. During surgery, the cartilage is restructured to remove nasal obstruction. In some cases, portions may be completely removed.
Recovery and Results
After septoplasty surgery, packing is used within the nose to minimize bleeding, and may be combined with internal or external soft splints. These can be removed as soon as a few days, or up to a week later. Patients see initial swelling right away after surgery, but this should dissipate with healing. Most of our patients are back to work in about a week. As healing progresses, men and women who have undergone septoplasty notice an improvement in their nasal passage airflow. Sinus problems that were the sole result of having a deviated septum resolve.
Septoplasty from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas repairs a deviated septum to remove nasal obstruction from the airways. If rhinoplasty is included as well, patients will see an aesthetic change to the shape of their nose. Following septoplasty, men and women see an improvement in their breathing function, and often experience a boost in their overall quality of life.