What is Septum Deviation?
Nasal septum deviation or deviated nasal septum is a physical disorder that results from the displacement of the septum. The septum is the wall that divides your nose into separate nostrils. When it has deviated, it means that it is either crooked or moved to one side of your nose. Most people have different sizes of breathing passages. Only the severe cases develop symptoms below and require treatment. Even if you have a severe case of deviated septum, you don’t need to worry. The surgery is fairly simple and you can consider having a rhinoplasty at the same time.
Septum Deviation Diagnosis
Your doctor can diagnose a deviated septum with physical examination only. In some cases, further examination with a small endoscope can be necessary to take a better look.
Septum Deviation Causes
Generally, people are born with a deviated septum. Others develop a deviated septum because of trauma to the nose.
Septum Deviation Symptoms
• Nasal congestion or feeling of pressure
• Difficulty breathing
• Nosebleed – The surface in your nose may become dry and cause regular nosebleeds.
• Facial pain
• Postnasal drip
• Loud breathing
• Sleep apnea, in severe cases
• Disturbed sleep
• Blockage of one or both nostrils
• Frequent sinus infections – Dry nose makes it easier for your nose to catch infections often.
• Frequent crusting and dry nose
Septum Deviation Treatment
Medications can be used to relieve the symptoms in the short run. Medications are good for the symptoms such as stuffy nose and sinus infection. However, if the medication is not enough, a minor surgical operation could solve all your problems. The surgery will increase your life satisfaction in the matter of weeks only. Another factor when considering a treatment is age. It is best that you wait until 15 years of age. By that time your nose will be fully grown and more appropriate to operate on. In addition, there is a chance that your condition worsens as you grow older. So it would be logical to solve the problem as soon as possible.
Septum Deviation Surgery
The surgeon makes a small incision inside the nose and moving the septum into the right position. The surgeon might remove the excessive bone or cartilage if necessary. It is also possible to combine this procedure with a nose job. You can change the appearance of your nose and solve your symptoms at the same time. The best thing is that you only go through the process once and have the perfect healthy nose you wanted.
Surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia to make you more comfortable. But it is also possible that the doctor would recommend local anesthesia. The procedure should be done in an hour and you will be going home 3-4 hours after the operation. This procedure alone wouldn’t result in any cosmetic alteration or external scars. This is good news, isn’t it? The surgeon can place packing material to keep the septum placed. But no worries! The packing can be removed in one or two days. There should be little to no swelling or bruising afterward. It is also very important, as in all operations, to find a competent surgeon. Following the advice of your surgeon is what is necessary to go through an easy operation and recovery period.