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Your nasal septum is the wall of thin bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. A deviated nasal septum is a condition in which this wall is offset or crooked, and can cause significant discomfort to those affected with it. Patients with a deviated septum may experience significant breathing difficulties, snoring, and even sleep apnea.
Septoplasty, also called septal reconstruction surgery or submucous resection of the septum, repairs the crooked septum that blocks the airways in your nose. The surgery may also be done in order to allow access into the nose to remove nasal polyps, as an adjunct procedure to cure chronic sinusitis.
When it’s been determined that you have a deviated septum, you’ll likely need surgery if you’re experiencing any of the following conditions in a chronic manner:
In most cases, medication such as topical antihistamines or topical steroid sprays will only provide temporary symptomatic relief. Additionally, antibiotics may treat sinus infections temporarily, but septoplasty is a simple procedure which has proven to effectively remedy the uncomfortable symptoms for those with a deviated septum.
As the procedure involves small incisions, most patients require general anesthesia before the procedure, making the entire procedure painless.
During the procedure the mucus membrane that covers your septum will be lifted up, and Dr. Nguyen will expertly remove any cartilage or bone that is a cause for complications. When this is completed, the mucus membrane is inserted back into place and may be held together by stitches.
The entire procedure will take between 60 to 90 minutes, after which you may stay in a quiet recovery room until you awake from anesthesia.
Septoplasty is a relatively safe procedure, requiring small incisions with surgical tools, with no major organs or blood vessels in the general vicinity of the surgery. After septoplasty and recovery from your surgery, you can expect a significant increase in your quality of life, including easy breathing, relief of sleep apnea and snoring, and a discontinuation of chronic sinusitis and its painful symptoms.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms frequently, it is likely that you have a deviated septum, but this may not be the case, as other causes may be attributed to sinus problems. If you’ve tried traditional medications such as topical sprays and antibiotics but are experiencing continued symptoms, take our “Chronic and Recurrent Sinusitis Quiz” and find out if septoplasty is right for you.