Deviated Septum

What is the septum?

The nasal septum is a thin wall of cartilage inside of the nose that separates the right and left nasal cavities. A normal septum is situated in the center of the nose equally separating both nasal cavities. In approximately 80 percent of individuals the septum is displaced or “deviated” to one side, making one cavity smaller than the other. In severe cases, this can result in a number of problems including dysfunctional breathing, abnormal sleep patterns (apnea), snoring and susceptibility to upper respiratory infections (URI), and sinusitis.

What are the results of having a deviated septum?

A deviated septum can cause symptoms from a mild reduction in airflow to more severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, nosebleeds and chronic sinusitis.

What causes deviated septum?

Deviated septum can be present at birth but is more commonly the result of a traumatic injury to the nose.

What is the treatment for a deviated septum?

The treatment for a deviated septum is a surgical procedure called a septoplasty which restores the septum to its normally intended position and relieving the symptoms that come from its previously deviated position.

Who is qualified to treat a deviated septum?

A specialized professional, preferably an otolaryngologist with extensive sinus experience, is necessary to evaluate and diagnose the causes of chronic or acute sinusitis caused by a deviated septum. It is important to not only deal with the current bout of sinusitis, but to take steps to reduce the chances of the sinusitis recurring in the future, which require analysis of the likely contributing factors.

The sinus-specialty otolaryngologists of The Sinus Institute at CEI have over 35 years years of experience treating sinusitis in all of its forms using both medical treatments and cutting edge surgery options. Click here to make an appointment.