The deviated septum is one of the most misunderstood facial issues – both by patients and medical professionals. This structural problem occurs when the thin wall that separates your nasal passages is off-center or crooked.
It can cause symptoms such as snoring or a stuffy nose, but not everyone who has these symptoms has a deviated septum. However, patients who have a deviated septum that’s causing symptoms such as these may be candidates for a septoplasty procedure.
In this blog, the specialists at the Sinus Center of Atlanta will explain more about septoplasty and how you and your doctor can decide if you’re a candidate for the procedure.
What is a septoplasty?
A septoplasty is a deviated septum surgery that straightens or changes the shape of the septum in order to improve symptoms resulting from nasal obstruction. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia and is usually done on an outpatient basis.
During the surgery, the septum is repositioned and realigned in order to open the nasal airway and alleviate symptoms such as a stuffy nose and snoring. If nasal turbinates (structures on the side wall of the inside of the nose) are enlarged, this can also contribute to your symptoms, so turbinate reduction can be performed at the same time if needed.
A septoplasty starts with the doctor making a small incision inside the nostril. The deviated parts of the septum are then reshaped or trimmed, and once the septum is straightened, the incision is stitched up.
The doctor may place splints inside your nostrils to help the septum heal straight and reduce the chances of scar formation.
Am I a candidate for septoplasty?
Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you to determine if this procedure is recommended.
You may be a candidate for a septoplasty if you:
- Have a significantly deviated septum that’s causing you to have difficulty breathing
- Have trouble sleeping through the night. You may be waking up at night if you’re not able to breathe properly, and it may be caused by a deviated septum. Patients who have trouble sleeping because of a deviated septum often report that after surgery, they can get a restful night’s sleep and feel better than they have in a long time.
- Have a stuffy nose all the time
- Have constant nose bleeds, which can be an inconvenient and embarrassing side effect of a deviated septum
- Snore excessively – so much so that your partner’s sleep is disturbed. Your snoring may not always disturb your own sleep, but it can be very frustrating for the person next to you. After the surgery, you’ll be able to breathe easily with your mouth closed, which will improve your quality of sleep.
What are the benefits of having septoplasty?
The procedure offers the following benefits:
- It’s quick, and recovery is easy
- You’ll have minimal discomfort after surgery
- You’ll have no visible bruising or swelling and no black eyes
- The procedure provides relief from nasal obstruction that will continue to get even better
- The surgery won’t change the appearance of your nose, unless it’s performed along with a rhinoplasty (plastic surgery that’s commonly called a “nose job”)
Where can I have a septoplasty performed in Atlanta?
The Sinus Center of Atlanta is dedicated to the treatment of sinus and nasal conditions and allergies. Our board-certified doctors are among the finest in Atlanta. Each is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctors) who has a special interest in treating and managing sinusitis, nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum, allergic rhinitis, and other conditions.
To take the first step toward healthy breathing free from nasal obstruction and related symptoms, make an appointment today for an evaluation at the Sinus Center of Atlanta.