The septum is the thin wall between the nasal passages. Under normal conditions, it is more or less straight. A deviated septum, however, is one that leans to one side, making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In severe cases, the deviated septum can block the airflow to the smaller passage, making it more difficult to breathe. It can also cause the nasal passage to become abnormally dry and increase the chances of nosebleeds and sinus infections. Deviated septum surgery is one of the best ways to correct this condition.
What Causes a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum can be caused by either a birth defect or an injury to the nose. Common causes of nose injuries include automobile accidents, contact sports or general roughhousing. A deviated septum can become worse as a person ages. As such, it is not uncommon for patients of all ages to visit our office seeking deviated septum surgery.
Treatment for a Deviated Septum
A person can try to use medications like decongestants to attempt to reduce any inflammation or blockage of the nasal passages. Only surgery, however, will fix the deviated septum itself.
Deviated septum surgery is more formally known as septoplasty. It is an outpatient procedure that is performed in the comfort of our state-of-the-art surgical suite. Different techniques can be used during the procedure and the surgery is always tailored for the patient, so the details of each procedure vary from patient to patient.
The exact type of deviated septum surgery you will undergo will depend on the severity of the deviation. Dr. Calvert can even perform a total extracorporeal surgery, in which the septum is removed and correctly reset. He can also straighten and reposition the septum so that it is in the center of the nose. In the end, the symptoms that the deviated septum created should be resolved.
Get All the Facts About Deviated Septum Surgery
You should be pleased to know that septoplasty is a common procedure with a high success rate. When performed by an experienced and talented plastic surgeon like Dr. Jay Calvert, the results can significantly improve your condition as well as your overall quality of life. Patients who undergo deviated septum surgery benefit from much greater ease of breathing.
Dr. Jay Calvert has offices in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about deviated septum surgery.