Deviated septum can be a result of trauma, or simply a congenital trait. Repair and straightening of a deviated septum is usually only done if the deviated septum is creating breathing difficulty, or asymmetry or crooked appearance to the nose.
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During your consultation, Dr. Patel will take time to learn more about your concerns and goals, and discuss the treatment options in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.
The day of surgery, Dr. Patel will meet with you in the preoperative area, review the planned procedure, and go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery.
After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for followup. Dr. Patel will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery, with an additional visit the week after for splint or suture removal if appropriate. Additional postop visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.
The nasal septum is made up of a cartilaginous area and a bony area, and generally runs straight down the center of the nose. Deviated septum is when it curves off to one side, or both sides in different areas.
Deviated septum can be present at birth, or the result of trauma.
Deviated septums are common in general, and also as a result of trauma to the nose, whether from sports or accidents such as airbag injury during a motor vehicle collision.
The common signs of deviated septum are difficulty breathing, or visible deviation giving the nose an asymmetric or crooked appearance.
Deviated septum is repaired by performing a septoplasty, which removes the crooked part and straightens the airway passages and external appearance of the nose.
Septoplasty is the repair of a deviated septum.
Septoplasty alone generally involves mild pain during the first few days after surgery. If done with additional procedures such as rhinoplasty, the pain may be greater or last longer, though still temporary.
Septoplasty alone typically takes less than an hour. If combined with other procedures, the overall surgical time will increase.