Septal deviations, or a bent or irregular shape to the nasal septum, is very common. Many people have small deviations in their septums that don’t necessarily have a negative impact on nasal function. For others, nasal obstructions such as deviated septums can have a severe effect on breathing.
Depending where a deviation is located and how severe it is, other medical problems can occur as a direct result, such as obstructed nasal breathing, blocked sinus passages leading to sinusitis or drying of the internal mucosa causing nosebleeds or a drippy nose.
Other medical problems can worsen in the presence of a deviation. Examples include congestion, allergies and obstructive sleep disorders. If you are experiencing any of these medical problems, you may benefit from surgical intervention.
Surgical correction of a deviated septum may include septoplasty or rhinoplasty. Septoplasty reshapes the septum to straighten a bend, reverse the deformation or to cut out the portion of the septum obstructing the airway. Rhinoplasty reshapes the entire nose correcting both form and function. When a rhinoplasty is performed in combination with a septoplasty it is called a septorhinoplasty.
Dr. Branham and Dr. Chi will help determine the most beneficial treatment approach for your anatomy, medical conditions and personal objectives.