If you have a deviated septum, you may not be aware of it, but this condition can cause ongoing nasal and sinus issues.
In this blog, board-certified ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Cecil Yeung of Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute shares the common causes of a deviated septum.
Your septum is the wall of cartilage and bone that separates your two nostrils. Ideally, the wall is straight and divides your nose into two equally sized nostrils.
In most people, however, it’s somewhat crooked or off-center (deviated). It’s not usually severe enough to cause problems, but in some cases, it can interfere with breathing and cause ongoing congestion and sinus infections (sinusitis). If it’s severe enough, it can even affect the outward appearance of your nose.
This condition can cause the following signs and symptoms:
The following are common causes of a deviated septum:
Symptoms can sometimes be improved with conservative treatments such as decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays.
If conservative treatments aren’t effective enough, surgery may be needed to correct your septum. This procedure – known as a septoplasty – allows a surgeon to remove excess bone or cartilage to straighten your septum.
The procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, so you’ll have no swelling or bruising on the outside of your nose. Your nose won’t need to be packed with gauze, since bleeding will be minimal, and no nasal bones will need to be broken as part of this procedure.
After your septoplasty, you can usually return to work after 5 to 7 days.
If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, make an appointment today with Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute. Dr. Yeung has over 20 years of experience and is double board-certified as an ENT and facial plastic surgeon. If a septoplasty is needed, you can receive all of your care at our office and our on-premise state-of-the-art surgery center.