Septal Sugery 101
If you have trouble breathing, sleeping, or staying alert during the day, it’s possible that a deviated septum may be partly to blame. The septum is the wall that runs between your nostrils and separates your nasal cavities. If this wall is offset to one side or another, it can obstruct your breathing and lead to a host of medical problems. Many people who have lived with a deviated septum all their lives are unaware that safe interventions are available, and countless patients have told me they are amazed at the improvement in their quality of life following this simple procedure.
The most common way to correct a deviated septum is with septal surgery. Septal surgery is designed to straighten the septum, restore a more symmetrical airflow, and relieve the many discomforts associated with obstructed respiration. It can even help with maddening symptoms such as nasal drainage and post-nasal drip.
Septal surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and an experienced sinus surgeon can complete the entire procedure without leaving behind any scars. The incisions are made inside the nostril, ensuring the patient will not experience any lasting blemishes or bruising. The tissues are gently lifted away to allow access to the underlying structures, and then the bone or cartilage responsible for the deviation is either reshaped or removed. When the job is finished, the septum is returned to a more centered position, where it remains.
You will need to wait a couple weeks for the healing to complete, but you can expect to return to your regular life within a matter of hours. Nasal surgery such as this is generally considered very safe, and the various restrictions on strenuous tasks such as exercise and blowing your nose do not last long. The benefits are swift and often astonishing: many people compare the results to being given an entirely new and open airway to breathe through.
Septal surgery is fast and effective, and the expert team here at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute offers superior care before, during, and after your procedure. If you want to learn more about septal surgery, nasal surgery, or sinus surgery in general, feel free to contact us today.