Deviated septum or nasal septum deviation, according to Mayo Clinic website, is a medical condition that occurs when the nasal septum (thin cartilage that separates the left nostril from the right nostril) is displaced to one side of the nostril. Ideally, the nasal septum divides both nostrils equally, but in cases of deviated septum, one nostril is bigger, while the other nostril is narrower. In most people suffering from deviated septum, there are no symptoms that can occur, which makes them unaware that they have a deviated septum. For severe cases of deviated septum, where it produces symptoms such as recurrent nasal infection, nosebleed, difficulty breathing through the nose, headache, and/or tenderness, it may need to be surgically treated.
Deviated Septum Surgery
Septoplasty is a surgical treatment to correct the deviated septum. Septoplasty is considered to be one of the most effective treatments that can correct a deviated septum. During septoplasty, the crooked cartilage of the nasal septum is maneuvered to get back in line. However, septoplasty is not recommended to all people suffering from deviated septum. Septoplasty may only be recommended to people with severe cases of deviated septum, where they suffer from have breathing problems already.
Benefits of Deviated Septum Surgery
Deviated septum surgery or septoplasty can bring several benefits that can improve a person’s quality of life. Here are some of the benefits a person can gain from undergoing a deviated septum surgery or septoplasty.
Deviated Septum Surgery Benefit: Better Breathing
Since deviated septum can cause a narrowed nasal airway, deviated septum surgery can help in opening the nasal airway to help the patient breathe comfortably through the nose. The obstruction of the deviated septum can cause a difficulty in breathing through one or both nostrils, which leaves a person to rely on breathing through his or her mouth.
Deviated Septum Surgery Benefit: Less Sinus Infections
One symptom of deviated septum is recurrent sinus infections that can be caused by a blockage of proper drainage of nasal secretions and inflammation nasal cavity. Deviated septum surgery can help in relieving chronic or recurrent sinus infections. Headaches are also associated with sinus infections. After correcting the deviated septum, episodes of headaches can also be relieved.
Deviated Septum Surgery Benefit: No More Nosebleeds
Another symptom of severe cases of deviated septum is nosebleeds or epistaxis that can happen due to nasal dryness. After correcting the deviated septum through deviated septum surgery, there is a very high chance for nosebleeds to stop.