Nasal blockage can be caused by many different causative factors. Depending on the exact cause of the nasal blockage, treatment modalities or therapies will differ, may it be surgical treatments or medical treatments. When surgical treatment for nasal blockage, one of the most common causes is deviated septum. Deviated septum is a medical condition wherein there is an anatomical abnormality in the nasal septum (thin cartilage separating the left nostril from the right nostril) wherein it is deviated to one side of the nostril. If the deviated septum is severe, it can cause nasal blockage, making it difficult for the person to breathe through the nose.
Septoplasty as Nasal Blockage Cure
As mentioned above, the treatment for the nasal blockage should depend on the exact cause of the nasal blockage. If the cause of the nasal blockage is a deviated septum, performing a surgical procedure can be helpful as a nasal blockage cure. A surgical procedure aimed in correcting a deviated septum is referred to as septoplasty, wherein the deviated septum will be managed and straightened. The major purpose of septoplasty is to straighten the deviated septum and improve breathing through the nose. Take note that not all people suffering from deviated septum require to undergo septoplasty surgery.
How is Septoplasty Performed?
Most of the time, septoplasty does not require an external incision, only internal incisions. Internal incisions mean that incisions made during the septoplasty surgery is only made on the insides of the nose, wherein not even a single incision can be seen on the skin surface of the nose. After small incisions are made internally, mucous membranes or septum linings are lifted off of the nasal cartilage and bone for it to be easier to be sculpted and straightened.
Once the nasal cartilage and nasal bones are exposed after the lifting off of the septum linings, the surgeon will then have to decide whether some portions of the cartilage and nasal bone will removed or it will just be repositioned and/or sculpted. Small portions of the nasal cartilage and the nasal bone can be removed to achieve the desired straightening of the nasal septum and get rid or improve nasal blockage. After all the straightening and sculpting done on the nasal cartilage and the nasal bone, the nasal linings or mucous membranes will then be sewn back together to keep the straightened nasal septum in place.