The Truth About Septoplasty

If you find yourself continuously suffering from snoring, sinusitis, breathing difficulties, sleep apnea or other respiratory conditions, it may be more than just falling victim to allergies all year round and the cause may be more serious. These symptoms all point to a condition known as a deviated septum. This condition is characterized by the improper alignment of the septum-the existing wall that separates the two nostrils.

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In most cases, individuals that suffer from this condition show no visible external signs of a deviated septum other than what it causes. When someone has a deviated septum, the partition between the two nasal cavities does not run straight down the center of the nose. The septum had developed into a crooked shape, resulting in the blockage of airflow that further hinders breathing.

The proper solution to a deviated septum would be to consult with a specialist and see if a septoplasty procedure is the right option for you. A septoplasty is performed to achieve a realignment of the septum, the existing wall that is located between the two nostrils. Pre-existing irregularities in one or both of the nostrils can cause nasal obstruction and impede air flow. A reputable rhinoplasty specialist can realign the septum with hidden incisions that are made inside of the nose.

There are multiple benefits associated with a septoplasty procedure and the results can improve your lifestyle all together.

Awaken Your Senses

-A deviated septum can interrupt or hinder how an individual tastes and/ or smells considering they are unable to properly inhale through the nose. With a successful septoplasty procedure, the doctor will open up your nostrils to organic airflow.

Sleep Easy

Obstructed breathing can lead to a bad nights rest and it can seem near impossible to remain asleep through the entire night. No more exhausted mornings! Septoplasty can reduce or remove snoring, sleep apnea and other bothersome factors commonly associated with a deviated septum.

Fewer Sinus Infections

With a deviated septum, not only are your airways obstructed but you also lack the ability for proper sinus drainage. This setback is what brings on reoccurring sinus infections. After septoplasty, you will receive improved drainage ability with a reduced chance of sinus infections.

Improved Breathing

With open airways and unobstructed nasal passages, you will be able to do what you were born to do, breathe! You will begin to see how your quality of life will improve with a simple change in your breathing patterns.

When determining whether or not you are a good candidate for a septoplasty procedure, it is important to review all of the possible symptoms that are commonly associated with a deviated septum such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Reoccurring Sinusitis
  • Respiratory Complaints
  • Excessive Impaired Breathing

Your next step would be to visit an experienced and qualified otolaryngologist-an ear, nose and throat specialist, to determine if a septoplasty is the appropriate solution for you.

shutterstock_116028037-300x216There are cases in which individuals are not born with a deviated septum, however, trauma to the nose or injury has caused the existing wall between the two nostril cavities to change its shape, ultimately resulting in a septum irregularity or deformity.

It is also important to discuss with your specialist the possible risks that are commonly associated with a septoplasty, along with rare complications and worse case scenarios.

One of the most important steps in the entire process is surgeon experience and patient education, as it will reduce risk of possible complications and instill trust between doctor and patient.

No surgical procedure is 100% guaranteed which is why it is crucial to not only understand the process from beginning to end, but to be knowledgeable of the possible risks involved.

There is possibility of slight nasal blockage immediately after the procedure, however, this is considered normal and is not viewed as a complication.

Perforation of the septum may occur as the wall that separates the nostrils is extremely fragile. There is likelihood that the delicate wall could puncture leading to the possibility of infection, in which further surgery may be required.

All surgical procedures carry a risk of possible infection as small bacteria can make its way into open incisions. However, your doctor may prescribe you with a preventative antibiotic. It is imperative that a patient monitors themselves post-op and checks for signs of fever, wound seepage, chills, or discoloration of the skin.

For more information on septoplasty surgery, contact Dr. Philip Miller at (646) 791-3112.

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