Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction

A deviated septum is one of the most common reasons to have non-cosmetic nasal surgery. Your septum can be crooked and may result in a smaller nasal passage on one side or the other, or even both. In a normal nose, the mucosal lining swells and retract many times a day. With a deviated septum, one may have difficulty breathing from either side of the nose. It is usually from the already small passageway being blocked further from the swollen mucosal lining. Sometimes, blockage can occur when there is additional cartilage, bone or mucosal tissue.

This difficulty in breathing through the nose could be corrected through a Septoplasty. Many people breathe loudly and others think their noses are stuffed, but in fact they suffer from a deviated septum and when their tissues naturally swell, the side with the deviation is even more restricted.

A Septoplasty is the surgical procedure to straighten a deviated or crooked septum to improve breathing, function, and minimize possible sinus infections, creating greater comfort for the patient. A Septoplasty is almost always performed with no visible incision and in most cases is combined with reduction in the size of the turbinates. Turbinates are air-fins inside our nose that humidify and filter the air that we breathe, but when they are swollen or enlarged can add to the difficulty in breathing through the nose. Turbinate Reduction also is done inside the nose without a visible incision. Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction procedure normally takes about 1 hour.

If you have concerns regarding nasal breathing or repetitive sinus infections, please contact our ENT Doctors. Your ENT doctor can properly examine and diagnose you for the possible need of a Septoplasty or other surgery, perhaps in the form of sinus correction.

Please refer to After Nasal/Sinus Surgery for post-operative instructions.

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