A deviated septum can cause breathing problems and sleep apnea. If you need septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, turn to the experts at ENT Specialists of Austin. Our team of Physicians have advanced experience performing the surgery.
Septoplasty Q & A
What is a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum is a deformity that leaves the thin wall between your nostrils off-centered. For some sufferers, a displaced septum compresses one nostril, causing breathing difficulties.
In most cases, an injury to the nose or a birth defect causes a deviated septum. The septum can be forced out of alignment from blunt force to the nose during an accident, sports, or a fight.
What are the Signs of a Deviated Septum?
Unless it’s severe, most adults and children aren’t aware they have a deviated septum. In fact, some level of septum deviation is quite common. Some symptoms that could indicate a deviated septum are:
- Congestion in one nostril
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Noisy breathing during sleep
- Recurring sinus infections
When Does a Deviated Septum Need to Be Corrected?
By taking a detailed medical review and physical exam, your doctor investigates the circumstances surrounding your deviated septum.
They try to find conservative, nonsurgical solutions for your symptoms first. Initial treatment involves decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal spray to treat the bothersome symptoms. These medications help decrease inflammation and open up your nasal passages. However, some of these medications aren’t meant to be taken long-term.
If your symptoms are severe or life-altering and medication doesn’t help or stops working, you may need surgery. Your ENT specialist may suggest septoplasty to fix your deviated septum.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis so that you can return home the same day.
After administering local or general anesthesia, your ENT Specialists otolaryngologist works through a small incision inside your nose. During the surgery, they recenter and straighten your septum to un-obstruct the airway.
They may have to trim parts of the septum before putting it into proper position. When the procedure is over, your surgeon sutures the incision and brings you to a recovery room.
If you’re considering septoplasty for a deviated septum, meet with the experts at ENT Specialists of Austin to discuss your options. Call or book online today.