The nasal septum is the wall that divides the two sides of the inner nose. For most healthy noses, the nasal septum is properly aligned. Sometimes, however, the nasal septum can be crooked. When this occurs, it is known as a deviated septum, which can block the nasal passage and contribute to symptoms of nasal blockage and obstruction. Deviated septums can be corrected through septal surgery, also known as deviated septum surgery or a septoplasty. Undergoing Los Angeles septoplasty surgery should always be performed by an experienced and knowledgable Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor.
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What Is Septal Surgery?
Septal surgery, otherwise known as septoplasty, is a surgery performed to correct a deviated or crooked nasal septum. Correction of a deviated septum with a septoplasty involves making an incision inside the nose. The mucosa covering the septum is lifted away from the cartilage and the crooked area is either removed or reshaped to open the breathing passages.
The primary goals of deviated septum surgery is to improve breathing and straighten out the septum. For this type of surgery, an ENT surgeon (Ear, Nose and Throat) that specializes in nasal and sinus surgery will provide the best results.
La Peer’s Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence has performed many routine and advanced surgeries to treat chronic nasal and sinus conditions. The Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence is more than equipped to perform your deviated septum surgery. To find out more information, contact our expert ear, nose, and throat surgeons today at (888) 762-8408.
Causes & Symptoms of Deviated Septum
A deviated septum usually manifests itself after the nose has grown completely, which typically happens sometime during the teenage years. The cartilage and bones of the nose become misaligned thus lead to some sort of nasal blockage. Nasal trauma is another common cause of septum deviation.
The most common symptom of a deviated septum is nasal congestion, where one side of the nose feels more obstructed than the other, along with difficulty breathing. Sometimes a deviated septum can lead to snoring or sleep apnea.
Other common symptoms include frequent:
- Loud breathing and snoring
- Dry mouth and throat
Los Angeles Septoplasty Surgery
During your consultation for your Los Angeles septoplasty, our ENT surgeons will perform a thorough physical examination of the nose. In cases where patients suffer from chronic sinus conditions, sinus drainage procedures may be combined with deviated septum surgery. When clinically advised, these and other procedures can be performed simultaneously with septal surgery.
For some patients, the location of the deviated septum may cause an external nasal deformity. Septal surgery in these individuals can improve the outward appearance of the nose as well as lead to an improvement in breathing. Septal surgery does not by itself change the appearance or shape of the nose. In fact, septal surgery is considered a functional procedure as opposed to a cosmetic one. Having said that, combining septal surgery and rhinoplasty can be beneficial for some patients since the recovery time from two procedures is overlapped when they’re performed at the same time.
Our doctors encourage their patients to openly discuss their goals at the time of the initial consultation.
Recovery From Deviated Septum Surgery
The ENT surgeons at the Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence utilize the most current and innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our patients often recover without any visible scars, severe external swelling, or bruising.
After surgery, the front of the nose can be a bit sensitive for a few weeks. Keep in mind that it may take a few months for your breathing to be completely clear again.
Patients are usually advised to follow these tips post surgery:
- Avoid heavy exercise and sports for at least two weeks
- Do not blow your nose for about a week, to avoid bleeding
- Do not lift heavy objects for a couple of weeks
- Try to avoid dusty and smoky places
- Try to sneeze with your mouth open to protect your nose
Most of our patients return to work within a week of the procedure, but no two cases are exact. It is best to listen to your doctor’s advice.
Contact the Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence
If you are having any of these nasal symptoms, it’s possible you might have a deviated septum. However, there could be a number of reasons why you may be experiencing these symptoms, so it’s important to see a doctor and get the proper diagnosis. This way you can get the proper treatment you need. Make an appointment to see our board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctors today by contacting us at (888) 762-8408 or filling out our online contact form.
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