Don’t let your deviated septum cause damage to your health and further complicate your life.
Breathing from your nose should be easy. But it isn’t for you.
Your obstructed breathing is causing each breath of your day to be altered, which impacts your short-term and long-term health. What should be a normal part of your day -- breathing out of your nose -- has become complicated, and it may be due to a deviated septum.
In addition to having difficulty breathing through your nose, you may also be suffering from one or more of the following symptoms:
- Bloody nose
- Chronic or recurrent sinusitis
- Pain in your face
- Postnasal drip
- Loud breathing
A deviated septum robs you of the ability to breathe without restriction. But there are options available to correct it. Before concluding that a deviated septum is the culprit of your uneven breathing, let’s take a look at what a deviated septum is and the damage it can cause. Schedule your appointment today!
What is the septum and how can it deviate?
Made of bone and cartilage, the wall-like structure near the center of your nose is known as the septum. The septum, which is intended to be centered in your nose, creates two separate cavities.
Your two cavities allow your breath to come out of both sides of your nose. This airflow should be even between your left and right nostril. Most people have a septum that is slightly off-center and the impact is minimal. When the septum is severely misaligned, less air may come out of one nostril than the other -- this complicates your breathing. Additional symptoms may form, including snoring, bleeding, and headaches. In other words, your health is at-risk with a deviated septum and it should be corrected to prevent further symptoms from developing.
Correcting a Deviated Septum with Septoplasty: What to Expect
Surgery is often recommended to correct chronic sinusitis that is caused by a deviated septum. This procedure is called septoplasty.
Septoplasty, a procedure that lasts around an hour and a half, corrects the placement of your septum by allowing the doctor to straighten or reposition it. This evens the space in your nostrils. After the procedure, air should flow evenly through each nostril with no obstruction.
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure and you will likely receive nasal packing to block blood from dripping out of your nose post-surgery. Bruising is not expected unless the procedure is paired with endoscopic sinus surgery.
Is deviated septum surgery necessary for you?
Your Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor can determine if you have a deviated septum and if it is the primary cause of your sinusitis.
Surgery to correct the placement of your septum may not be the right treatment for your condition. However, if you have sinusitis (chronic or recurrent sinusitis) that is caused by your deviated septum and not other health conditions, septoplasty can provide you with immediate and long-term results.
Stop the damage. Let’s diagnose your breathing issue.
Diagnosing your issue takes a professional ENT specialist. Pittsburgh Sinus Centers’ Dr. Sam Mathur will guide you through our Patient Success Process, which includes the following four steps:
- Patient Exam
- Issue Diagnosis
- Treatment Plan Development
- Post-treatment Support and Result Tracking
Schedule relief with Dr. Sam Mathur of Pittsburgh Sinus Centers.
Your health, wellness, and happiness are important to our team here at the Pittsburgh Sinus Center. Dr. Sam Mathur has helped thousands find permanent relief from chronic conditions, including deviated septums, and is ready to help you.
Don’t hesitate and allow this problem to continue to stall your happiness. The start to your relief is just a quick and easy appointment away.
Do you want to delay relief? If you’re ready to overcome your sinus issues, schedule your appointment today.