The nasal septum is the thin wall that separates your nostrils, and for the majority of people it is not perfectly straight. However, when the septum is displaced to one side and it causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms, it is considered deviated. A person with a deviated septum may have difficulty breathing or their nose may appear crooked. A deviated septum is one of the most common disorders of the nose, and may be an inherited problem, or sometimes it can be the result of nasal trauma, such as a direct blow to the nose.
Although some patients who have a deviated septum never present with any symptoms and do not need surgical correction, common symptoms of a deviated septum include:
In a pre-surgery consultation, usually the patient does not know that they have a deviated septum, and simply complains of nose problems. During the appointment, one of our expert surgeons examines the patient’s nasal airway to evaluate how air flows from each nostril. The patient’s allergies, medications and health history will also be reviewed and our skilled doctors will decide what treatment is necessary to treat the condition.
Because medications such as decongestants, antihistamines and nasal sprays are insufficient to manage the symptoms brought on by a deviated septum, an ENT doctor will usually opt for a surgery known as septoplasty to cure the problem. For patients whose septum has become deviated due to an injury, surgical treatments will have to wait for a matter of time until swelling subsides.
A septoplasty is the surgical correction of a deviated septum. The septoplasty procedure can be performed by ENT & Allergy Associates of Los Angeles to remove the malformed cartilage and bony portion of the septum, allowing normal airflow.
In most cases, septoplasty is performed as an outpatient surgery, helping to ensure the patient can get back to their normal life as soon as possible. The procedure itself involves internal incisions on one side of the septum, and the mucous membrane is lifted away from the cartilage to remove the obstructive cartilage and perhaps some bone, as well. Once the surgery is complete, some patients need their nose to be covered in a splint, which can usually be removed in about one week. Any internal stitches will dissolve naturally.
In some cases, our surgeons Dr. Shervin Aminpour and Dr. Marc Cohen will perform a septoplasty as a secondary operation to other procedures to correct nose problems such as sinusitis. A “nose job,” or rhinoplasty, may also be performed during the same surgery if the patient wants to improve the appearance of their nose in addition to correcting a deviated septum.
Patients are reminded that it is extremely important to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions so the nose heals properly.
As a highly regarded Los Angeles ENT team, Drs. Aminpour and Cohen have developed exceptional skill in performing all ENT procedures; ensuring discomfort is minimal throughout the process and encouraging a speedy recovery.
If you are suffering from obstructed nasal passages and think you might benefit from the septoplasty procedure, now is the time to see an ENT Specialist in Los Angeles. To schedule an appointment with ENT & Allergy Associates of Los Angeles, contact us by phone or online via our contact page.