If you are suffering from symptoms that you believe may be caused by a deviated septum or are considering your deviated septum surgery options in Houston, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cecil Yeung at the center for Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute. As a top Houston ENT and deviated septum surgeon with more than two decades of experience, Dr. Yeung is committed to getting his patients back to their busy lives with exceptional results and minimal downtime.
What is a deviated septum?
The partition within the nasal cavity that divides your two nostrils is called the septum. The septum is made of both cartilage and bone and it’s covered with mucosa on both sides. When your septum is deviated, it means that it’s not straight, in other words, it’s off-center or crooked. A very common problem, it’s estimated that nearly 80% of Americans have some degree of septum deviation. For many, this deviation is slight and causes no problems at all. However, a more severe deviated septum can cause problems with breathing, congestion and even impact the outward appearance of the nose.
What causes a deviated septum?
A deviated septum can result from a number of possible causes:
- It may be present at birth due to deviation during fetal development
- It may result from a nose fracture
- It may result from any trauma or injury involving the nose
- It can develop or worsen due to normal aging
What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?
A crooked septum can cause symptoms and related conditions that may include:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Nasal congestion that’s often worse on one side of the nose
- Facial pain
- Chronic sinus infections (chronic sinusitis)
- Post-nasal drip
- Sleep problems including snoring and sleep apnea
- Nasal deformity
What does deviated septum treatment involve?
In some cases, symptoms of a deviated septum can be improved with conservative treatments. Medications such as decongestants, antihistamines or nasal steroid sprays may be effective at managing symptoms.
If conservative treatments are not successful, Dr. Yeung may recommend a surgical procedure called a septoplasty, deviated septum surgery, to straighten the septum and deliver long-lasting symptom relief. As a double board-certified Houston ENT and facial plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in deviated septum treatment, Dr. Yeung is one of the leading providers of deviated septum surgery in the region.
A septoplasty is performed entirely through the nostrils, which means no bruising or swelling on the outside of the nose. Other advantages include no breaking of the nasal bones and no need for packing of the nose after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 5-7 days. Deviated septum surgery will not change the outward appearance of your nose unless it is performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty – a surgery that Dr. Yeung also offers at the Yeung Institute because of his double board-certification as an ENT and facial plastic surgeon.
With an accredited, state-of-the-art surgery facility located on premises, Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute, patients can enjoy the comfort and convenience of receiving their entire deviated septum treatment – from initial consultation to surgery day – from the same private office.