Septoplasty is a surgical procedure done on the septum. Septoplasty can be done for a few reasons but is often done to surgically correct a deviated septum. However, some may be hesitant to treat their condition with surgery. That’s why we’ll be exploring septoplasty in detail and explaining how it can fix a deviated septum.
What Is a Deviated Septum?
The septum is the nasal wall between your nostrils in the center. However, the septum can become deviated and deformed. This is caused by genetics, injuries, and poorly done surgeries. A deviated septum can cause nasal blockages, issues sleeping, snoring, headaches, facial pain, nosebleeds, and other issues with your nose. Some mild cases can be hard to diagnose because they may only show symptoms from things like severe allergies. A medical professional will have to examine your nose to determine if symptoms are being caused by a deviated septum.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum. However, certain mild cases may be helped by things like decongestants, antihistamines, and other allergy treatments. That being said, more severe cases of deviated septums have to be fixed with septoplasty. Septoplasty is performed by making incisions inside the nose and altering the cartilage to straighten it.
This could include trimming, moving, or even replacing cartilage or bone tissue. The incisions are then sutured and closed. Thankfully, septoplasty leaves no visible scarring as the incisions are inside the nose. Finally, your nose is supported with silicone splints to help the healing process. This essentially acts as a small cast for your nose.
Seeking Treatment For a Deviated Septum
A deviated septum can cause a wide range of nasal and sinus issues. Thankfully, there are many treatment options provided by the St. Louis Sinus Center that caters to your needs. Our team will evaluate your condition, diagnose it appropriately, and then determine what the best path of treatment is.
Our staff understands that surgery isn’t likely your first choice, and we will determine if things like allergy treatments would be right for you. Finally, if surgery is the proper option, we will ensure the process is quick, effective, and as comfortable as possible. If you’re ready to say goodbye to a deviated septum, then contact the St. Louis Sinus Center at 314-473-5433 today.