Deviated septum is a common nasal problem with a deviation or shift of the nasal septum (comprises of 2 bones and a cartilage separating the right nostril from the left nostril). In deviated septum, the nasal septum looks crooked and is not completely located centrally. Deviated septum may be a congenital disorder and is present at birth, or it may be acquired later in life. Sometimes, new born babies can get deviated septum due to the compression of the nose during childbirth, while in older people, deviated septum is usually caused by facial trauma or hard blow on the face that can cause the nasal septum to be displaced.
Are You a Candidate for a Deviated Septum Surgery?
Not all people suffering from deviated septum need to go under deviated septum surgery to correct the problem. In fact, about 80% of all people have a nasal septum not centrally located. Most people having deviated septum are not even aware that they are suffering from the said condition. However, if there are noticeable symptoms of deviated septum, such as runny nose, difficulty breathing through the nose, recurrent sinus infection (sinusitis), nasal congestion, epistaxis (nosebleed), recurrent headaches, facial tenderness, and sleep apnea, deviated septum surgery may be recommended to correct the displaced nasal septum.
What is Deviated Septum Surgery?
The surgery to correct the deviated septum is known as “septoplasty”. Depending on the current condition and personal preference of the patient, septoplasty may be done in combination with rhinoplasty or sinus surgery. In septoplasty, there will be no significant external incisions, since the procedure is done entirely through nostrils. Before septoplasty, a general or local anesthetic will be administered. Septoplasty is done by readjusting or straightening the misplaced cartilage or bone tissues in the septum to correct alignment. In fact, if the problematic cartilage or bone tissues can’t be corrected, it will be removed completely.
Other Information about Deviated Septum Surgery
Approximately, it would take 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes for the whole deviated septum or septoplasty procedure to be done. And in just 3 to 7 days after the surgery, the patient can go back to work. However, if septoplasty is done in combination with rhinoplasty or other nasal surgeries, the recovery time maybe prolonged (1 to 2 weeks). Usually, deviated septum surgery would cost $2,000 or more.