Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

Recreates the nasal airways

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: September 21, 2011

Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

What is Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)?

The structure of the nasal septum located in the middle of the nose is intended to isolate each side of the nose allowing for uninterrupted streamline air flow. When the septum becomes warped, defined as a deviated septum, it sources a barricade in the breathing process or can lead to periodic sinusitis.

A deviated nasal septum results in breathing channeled through the mouth, snoring, vocal change, decreased sense of smell and taste and often time sleep disorders. Not all deviated systems however interfere with everyday breathing but commonly produces allergies and difficulty breathing acquired from the obstruction.

A Good Candidate for Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

A good candidate for deviated nasal septum surgery is a child or adult with a deviated septum who may be experiencing chronic sinusitis, irritation or swelling, difficulty breathing, headaches, sleep apnea or snoring.

Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty) Procedure

Deviated nasal septum surgery, or septoplasty is implemented through the inside of the nose without creating outside openings. Bone and cartilage is redesigned to return the septum to its original inner point and recreates the nasal airway to allow for adequate breathing. Periodically, surgeons will combine turbinoplasty (reduction of nasal shelf) or rhinoplasty (nose job) procedures to reduce this causative to the nasal breathing blockade.

Recovery from Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

To aid in the recovery, small, soft sponges may be used, eliminating painful nasal packing and are typically removed in one day. Pain is mild to moderate and is managed by medications. Bruising or external swelling of the nose is rare. Averting heavy exercise, substantial lifting or air travel is not suggested for up to two weeks after surgery.

Cost of Deviated Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)

The cost floats between $6,000 and $20,000 depending on your location and amount of procedures performed.

To discuss modification of your deviated septum, contact a plastic surgeon in your location.

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