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What is Septoplasty?


The nasal septum divides the nasal cavity into two nostrils. A deformity or defect in the septum may not be evident in one’s appearance but can cause symptoms such as nasal blockages, congestion, nosebleeds, and loud snoring. In severe cases, chronic infections and difficulty breathing can occur. In about 80% of people, the nasal septum is off-center. A septoplasty is the procedure used to correct a deformity or defect in the septum.

Do You Have a Deviated Septum?

You can be born with a deviated septum, a condition in which the membrane between your nostrils is crooked or misaligned. It can be caused by trauma as well. Sports injuries, auto accidents, and falls can injure your nose and the nasal septum.

Who Can Treat the Problem?

An otolaryngologist or Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor is a specialist who treats the condition with a septoplasty or an outpatient procedure to correct a deviated septum. Surgery is most often recommended for a patient over the age of 18 whose septum has fully developed.

A septoplasty can have many benefits. Patients may find it easier to breathe, may sleep better, feel less congested, and no longer have nosebleeds.

Continue reading to learn more about nasal anatomy, whether you have a deviated septum, and if surgery is the right option for you.

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