Deviated Nasal Septum
What is a deviated septum?
The septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the 2 nasal cavities and is made up of bone and cartilage.
This wall should run down the center of the nose and when it is deviated, it makes one nasal passage smaller than the other.
What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus infection
- Difficulty in breathing
- Sleep apnea
How is a deviated symptom diagnosed?
A deviated septum might be congenital (present at birth) or the result of an injury and can be diagnosed by Dr. Lieberman or Dr. Bailor via physical examination utilizing a nasal speculum to spread open the nostrils.
How is a deviated septum treated?
The symptoms might be managed with medication, but when breathing problems and snoring don’t improve, the only way to correct a deviated septum is for Dr. Lieberman or Dr.Bailor to do an internal nasal reconstruction (septoplasty).
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that takes approximately 90 minutes and is performed in an out patient surgery center. Your surgeon works through the nose and make an incision in the septum to remove the excess cartilage or bone causing the deviation. After the septum is straightened, small splints will be temporarily inserted and the patient’s nose will be “packed” with gauze overnight.
Patients can generally return to work in about a week and will be fully recovered within a month.