Am I Suffering from a Deviated Septum?
Do you have trouble breathing through your nose? Do you suffer from recurrent sinus infections? Does your snoring interrupt your sleep? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a deviated septum.
What Causes a Deviated Septum?
The septum is made up of cartilage and bone. Its purpose is to support the nose and the mucous membranes, allowing for regular, unobstructed airflow. A deviated septum occurs when the septum in displaced to one side of the nose, which can cause a host of bothersome symptoms.
Injury to the nose that knocks the septum out of alignment is a common cause of deviated septum symptoms. Injuries from sports, car accidents, or even pressure during fetal development can also cause deviated septum symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of a Deviated Septum?
Although some people with the disorder do not suffer from any symptoms, the most predominant symptoms include:
- Trouble breathing through the nose, especially through one nostril
- Postnasal drip
- Recurrent or chronic sinus infections
- Sleep problems like chronic snoring or sleep apnea
What Are the Treatment Options for a Deviated Septum?
Treatment for deviated septum symptoms will vary depending on several factors, including the severity of symptoms and the symptoms it causes. Many patients successfully manage their symptoms through antihistamines and decongestants, which are effective at reducing nasal congestion.
In more severe cases, surgery is required to correct deviated septum symptoms. The surgical procedure is called septoplasty, which corrects the displacement of the septum by re-centering it in the proper position in the nose. Sometimes patients opt to combine septoplasty with rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” to improve the appearance of the nose.
Surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. Patients can expect the procedure to last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the severity of the deviated septum. Patients are usually released three to four hours after surgery.
After septoplasty, the surgeon inserts internal splints or soft material into the nose to help stabilize it while it heals. Patients should experience little to no bruising or swelling after surgery. If rhinoplasty is also performed, patients can expect one to two weeks of swelling and bruising after surgery. Surgeons usually recommend that patients wait until their nose has stopped growing, usually around age 15, before considering surgery for a deviated septum.
Although the results of septoplasty are permanent, it may take up to one year for the patient to realize the full results since healing of bone and cartilage is a slow process. Despite this, most patients do enjoy a substantial lessening of symptoms after surgery.
Where Can I Get Deviated Septum Symptoms Evaluated in NYC?
If you believe you might be suffering from the symptoms of a deviated septum, it’s important to book an appointment with a trusted, experienced physician who will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms.
Dr. David O. Volpi, a board-certified otolaryngologist, is on staff at many of New York City’s most renowned hospitals, including Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. With over 25 years of experience in the ENT field, Dr. Volpi also practices medicine at his offices on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan.
In addition to conducting his private practice, Dr. Volpi is the founder and CEO of eos sleep, a nationally renowned center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. He is a leading specialist in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in the United States and is the author of a comprehensive guide to snoring titled “Wake Up! You’re Snoring.” Dr. Volpi has published many scientific articles on subjects relating to ENT disorders and is a frequent lecturer at national conferences.
Don’t suffer with deviated septum symptoms for one more day. Call (212) 873-6036 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Volpi or visit the website to request an appointment online.
- Posted on: Sep 30 2016